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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 No comments
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Headstrong Like Us by Krista Ritchie

It's time to satisfy my Maximoff & Farrow needs...


You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Maximoff Hale & Farrow Keene, and according to Celebrity Crush—the ceremony for this American prince and his tattooed bodyguard is going to be the event of the century.

There will be no wedding crashers.

Including but not limited to: hateful people, rabid fans, nosy paparazzi, and other so-called media.

There will be no drama.

None whatsoever. Because when you put three famous families and their hot bodyguards together, nothing will go down.

There will be no fighting.

No brawls, fists flying, verbal slingshots, or rifts that tear into craters. Lovers only!

Everything will be perfect.

Nothing will go amiss during the happiest, most anticipated occasion of the year. But then again…

They don't call it the Hale Curse for nothing.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them.

The Like Us Series Reading Order:
1. Damaged Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
2. Lovers Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
3. Alphas Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
4. Tangled Like Us (Jane & Thatcher)
5. Sinful Like Us (Jane & Thatcher)
6. Headstrong Like Us (Maximoff & Farrow)
7. Charming Like Us (Oscar & Jack)
8. Wild Like Us (Akara & Sulli & Banks)

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Review: Faking Forever

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now, I had to admit to secretly wanting Shannen's story to be about her re-kindling her love for ex-husband Paul, second chance love and all that but I have to admit, Shannon found herself a much better love interest in Victor.

It was Shannon's story that I have been looking forward to reading the most and, thankfully, it lived up to all of my insanely high expectations. Shannon, the quietest of the First Wives, has always sat back and observed her friends exploits whilst secretly spending her time nursing her broken heart. With her body clock ticking though, Shannon decides to take things into her own hands and with a trip to Mexico on the cards, puts a plan in action whereby she will return pregnant, or at least that is what she hopes will happen. The problem is, Shannon is not your one-night-stand type of woman and she is certainly not as feisty and outgoing as Avery.

When Shannon is hired as a wedding photographer to the bride-to-be, Corrie, she assumed this will be another straightforward job, that is until she meets an obnoxiously annoying man on the plane to Mexico. After arriving at the wedding venue, which is practically underwater thanks to a storm, Shannon finds the bride in tears and hinting that she has may have made a mistake by agreeing to get married. What Shannon doesn't immediately know if that the groom is the handsome but annoying man she sat next to on the plane.

When the wedding takes an unexpected turn, Shannon continues with her plan to meet Avery at another hotel and to put her plan to get-pregnant-by-any-possible-means into action. That is until she comes across a jilted Victor at the same hotel she and Avery are staying at.

Spending their time enjoying the sun and plenty of strong cocktails, Shannon soon comes to realise that she may have misjudged Victor and before long they actually start to enjoy spending time together. But, the question is, will they and can they keep their friendship going when they return home and will it blossom into something more special?

Gah, I love these books and the First Wives et al. They are all fascinating characters to spend time with albeit via the pages of a book but boy do they lead complicated lives. I thought that all of the drama would end with Avery's book but whilst not as dramatic, Shannon adds her own brand of chaos to this story.

Whilst I said I couldn't wait to read Shannon's story, I have to admit to having a secret obsession with Sasha and I can't wait to see if a man can tame her wild ways and if she can ever learn to trust anyone.

This is a highly recommended series, and author, if you are looking for a new reading direction. You won't be disappointed.

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Credence by Penelope Douglas is LIVE!!!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 No comments


Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue...

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.
And as a part of them.
She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.
One of them has her.
The other one wants her.
But he…
He’s going to keep her.

*Credence is a full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.

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Review: Tracking Tahlula

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always seem to do things backwards and reading is no exception. After reading and loving Edge Of Reason (Arrow's Edge MC #1) and Trunk's story, I decided to go back to read his sister's story, Tracking Tahlula (Police and Fire: Operation Alpha).

I've really enjoyed meeting the varied cast in the On Call series and despite reading about the characters in a topsy turvy fashion, I have enjoyed each and every book. Now with talk of Blue's book in the pipeline, I am even more excited.

Tahlula also does things backwards, she's definitely a girl after my own heart. After deciding she wanted a baby, through unconventional means, she is happily living a quiet life as an author until she receives a fire risk warning from Evan Biel. Evan, assuming the beautiful mess he meets upon arrival at her property is married, given her baby bump, offers advice and walks away. When he finds out Tahlula isn't married, or dating he is right back up the mountain and determined to get to know her despite her being pregnant.

When Tahlula finds herself in danger from an unknown source, she knows she must do everything she can to keep her "little pea" safe. Fortunately, Tahlula has an abundance of testosterone around her and between Trunk and Evan, the local Police and Fire Departments and you'd be fooled into thinking that no-one could possibly put her in danger, but you'd be wrong.

Having read Trunk's story first, the reasons for the threats against Tahlula were not a shock but I was still stunned to read about how and why the perpetrators decided to target Tahlula.

With all this mystery, intrigue and danger and insanely manly men to compliment the suspense, I was totally engrossed by this story.

I really enjoyed the addition of Moose and Penelope Jacobs and their pet! There is always an innocent character in Freya's story that always wins me over and this time it was a donkey.

The banter between the fire department staff made elements of this story very funny and despite their dangerous activities, you could easily feel their camaraderie.

The friendships and bonds which developed between the women were also enjoyable to witness and despite the racial message running through the story, the book was overall very lighthearted and enjoyable to read.

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Review: Chasing Shadows

Monday, 13 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poor Avery but what a find in the lovely Liam.

Avery has been chasing her shadows or ghosts since her attack but so far her memory has failed her. Now, with her memory returning, she starts to remember bits and pieces about her attacker and is determined to seek revenge.

With Avery's confidence in tatters, she joins a Krav Maga class in the hope that she will never be a helpless victim again. Despite her training, she is unable to fight one-on-one with a man in the fear that it will trigger flashbacks. That is until her path crosses Liam's.

When Liam sees Avery almost flooring the unwanted attractions of a man in a bar he is determined to find out who this mystery woman is. Tracking her to her Krav Maga class, under the pretence of doing work for the owner, Brenda, Liam unexpectedly finds himself actively participating in Avery's class and her "target" for the night. Knowing she does not fear Liam and goaded by Brenda, the Krav Maga class instructor, Avery agrees to spar with Liam and before long, the duo are having drinks and dinner together after each session.

Liam falls fast and hard for Avery but with Avery's past, she finds it difficult to accept Liam into her life. Liam is determined to show Avery that she can have a relationship and fall in love but when he finds out about her attack he knows he must tread gently with her feelings and emotions.

Avery is once again supported through her troubles by her loyal friends and "First Wives". Also in the mix, much to my delight is Sasha. There's something about that woman that fascinates me.

As expected, the Audible narration is spot on with these characters. I don't know how Emma Wilder manages to pull off so many seemingly flawless foreign accents.

Catherine Bybee has managed to write so many amazing stories to date and I can't wait to read on. I fear, however, that I have almost cleared her back catalogue and the dreaded reading slump may await me!

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5 Star Review: Things We Never Said (Hart's Boardwalk #3) by Samantha Young

Friday, 10 January 2020 No comments

Things We Never Said by Samantha Young

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another instalment in the Hart’s Boardwalk series and another duo of characters to love/hate and everything in between. Michael and Dahlia's story is emotive and thought-provoking and yet thoroughly refreshing and enticing but boy, did this story challenge my perception of right and wrong.

I was all over the place trying to decide who was to blame for Dahlia and Michael's situation. I wanted to blame Michael, then I wanted to blame Dahlia, then I wanted to blame Dillon, then I wondered if the author was to blame, and, oh my head is spinning again…..

Irrespective of who was in the right, or the wrong, here, what I was sure about was that this was a story which will remain in my thoughts for a long time to come. I may need to re-visit it again in order to review my perceptions from a different angle now that I’ve finished the story and heard all of the arguments!

What I do know was that this was another brilliantly written story by Samantha Young. It was gritty, very gritty, and it was perhaps more raw than some of her stories to date, but I loved it. Stories can’t always be all hearts and flowers, despite how much two people are destined to be together, and that’s what readers will find with Dahlia and Michael’s story. If you could have reached through the pages and banged their heads together the story would have been finished by 25% but they would have not had the opportunity to right their wrongs and to reason with their emotions, something which becomes very apparent as the story progresses.

The suspense element continues to worm its way through these stories courtesy of the Devlin family and despite them always having the upper hand they find themselves in for a shock in this instalment.

I always fall headlong into the Hart’s Boardwalk books. I love the setting, the characters and their complicated lives. I love how their lives intertwine and how we revisit the characters we have come to love from prior stories. We still have Emery’s mystery yet to be revealed and if love will ever be on the cards for her, Bailey and Jess and their respective partners continue down their HEA paths and now we also have Ivy’s complicated life to consider as well. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for their stories.

This ebook was kindly provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley prior to release in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Review: Half Empty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I am clearly hooked on yet another series by Catherine Bybee. I don't know how she manages to think up so many amazing storylines and twists and turns. I keep thinking that each book that I've read can't be surpassed and then, bam, she wows me with yet another fascinating storyline.

There was clearly unfinished business with Ruslan and the death of his son, Fedor, and with the Everson wealth firmly in Trina's hands, thanks to Alice changing her will, Trina once again finds herself in danger but that's only after she meets and falls for country singing star Wade Thomas.

With the anniversary of Fedor's death coming up, Trina finds herself hiding out in Venice. With the other 3 first wives getting antsy about her delayed return, Trina decides to further delay her travel arrangements by using a weather depression as her reason for taking multiple flights home. When Trina arrives in Miami, exhausted and starving, she finds herself in a hotel bar and catching the eye of an unknown and unwanted admirer. When Wade talks to Trina he is stunned that she doesn't recognise him and finding it refreshing not to be judged on who they are, both Trina and Wade enjoy getting to know each other. When Wade offers her a flight home, Trina agrees and unsurprisingly the storm catches up with them: both the weather storm and the first wives storm!

With Wade and Trina tentatively entering into a new relationship and facing the wrath of Wade's mother, Trina decides it is time to start emptying the house where Fedor died and that's when Ruslan and his goons come out of the woodwork again. Ruslan is still clearly looking for reasons to challenge Alice's will and that's when Avery ends up beaten and battered in hospital.

As expected, the usual security men and first wives join forces along with the mysterious Sasha to find out who hurt Avery and to find a way to stop Ruslan once and for all.

This story really packed a punch, well more than a punch for poor Avery. The story was fast-paced and offered up a few new revelations.

The next story is about Avery and I can't wait to see if her injuries have changed her or if she will remain a fun-loving, feisty and confident woman.

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