5 Star Review: With a Twist (Last Call, #4) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday, 11 December 2014 No comments
With a Twist (Last Call, #4)With a Twist by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series so much, each book has its own story and own gorgeous hunk to focus on and I wasn't sure that I'd love Wyatt but I do, he's too sweet for words but at the same time hotter than hell!!!

Wyatt is Hunter's best friend and having seen his friends settling down he is desperate to find that special woman. Little did he expect to find her whilst working undercover in a strip club. Meet Andrea, an FBI agent with a past as a stripper and a body and routine to die for, well at least Wyatt thinks so. Working together undercover, Wyatt, or Raze, struggles to remain in character and tries to ensure that Andrea, or Nikki O, is protected at all times.

5 Star Review: City of Champions (A Gateway to Love, #2) by Chloe T. Barlow

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 No comments
City of Champions (A Gateway to Love, #2)City of Champions by Chloe T. Barlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a powerful read which covers an emotive subject. It starts extremely painfully and had me sobbing during the prologue but the story as a whole is amazing and focuses on a passion for life, love and happiness.

The story covers the lives of Jenna and Wyatt, a QB and someone Jenna has been following closely during his career. Now struggling with a shoulder injury, Wyatt must reevaluate his priorities. Does he risk surgery and his career or does he find alternatives and hope they his team will support his decision but will they be able to continue to accept his reluctance to commit his heart to the game.

4 Star Review: Middle of Knight (Jack & Jill #2) by Jewel E Ann

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 No comments
Middle of Knight (Jack & Jill, #2)Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series will make you laugh, cry and feel every emotion possible that falls in between love and loss.

As we read on, there’s more mystery surrounding Knight and Day but with each turning page, more secrets are revealed. Jillian and Jackson continue to live their new lives and this time Jackson finally acquires a love interest in Ryn, AJ’s 40 year old cleaner. As expected, this age difference brings about a whole host of questions and challenges but Jackson is determined to prove to Ryn that her age doesn’t alter his feelings for her. Their relationship isn’t a smooth one as a result, especially when Ryn’s background starts to affect the way Jackson treats her and he wonders if he’s right for her afterall.

4.5 Star Review: Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday, 6 October 2014 No comments
Elect (Eagle Elite, #2)Elect by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!!!

This is a really enjoyable series which combines the innocence of school life alongside the darkness of the brutal and controlling spectre of the mafia.

Nixon loves Trace unconditionally. Brought up together they were destined to spend their lives intertwined that was until Trace's parents were killed and she was hidden for her own safety by her grandparents. Now back together, with Trace aware of her past, they must separate again in order to protect Trace from her parent's killer or killers.

Thrust into Chase's arms, Trace knows her heart is torn. She loves Chase but her soul belongs to Nixon. Forced to live a lie though, she must convince those around her who could cause her harm that she is in a relationship with Chase and that twists the knife further all of their hearts.

As Nixon continues to seek out the threats against his leadership, he uncovers some family secrets and an unlikely ally in Phoenix. Liaising with another powerful mafia family from Sicily, Nixon slowly gets the answers he's been searching for his whole life.

The group continue to be supported by Tex and Nixon's sister, Mo. A new addition joins the group of friends in the form of Phoenix's sister, Mil. A feisty and determined girl, she is prepared to do anything to help her brother and to reveal the secrets which have been buried for years.

This story was shocking and disturbing but at the same time fascinating. I must admit I did find the whole family tree a bit confusing and it took me a little while to get my head around the new family dynamics as unknown parents were revealed.

This is a really well written and thought out story line. It is full of twists and turns and I can't wait to read where the story heads next, especially with Mil.

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4 Star Review: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 No comments
Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2)Garrett by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

Copy provided via NetGalley and the author in return for an honest review.

The next book in the Cold Fury series and one which will warm your heart despite being based on the ice. We were teased with Garrett Samuelson in Alex (book 1) and being a known man-whore his story probably attracted me more than Alex’s did.

5 Star Review: Entice (Eagle Elite, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

Thursday, 18 September 2014 No comments
Entice (Eagle Elite, #3)Entice by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've finally managed to find time to get back to the Eagle Elite series and wow, I am so glad that I did. This series is getting better and better.

I love any books about gangsters or the Mafia and this is series no exception. It has so many twists and turns and unfolding stories that I am left turning the pages of my ereader at warp speed just to get to them.

The group of Nixon, Trace, Mo, Tex, Mil and Chace are coming to terms with the loss of Phoenix and the return to life of Nixon. Trace is beyond angry with Nixon for breaking her heart and turning her towards Chase but time has moved on and so has the next stage of the families' plot towards ending the dangers they currently face.

One such danger comes from the self proclaimed Godfather himself, Vito Campisi, and after Mil reveals the horrors she experienced at the hands of her father and nearly at the hands of The Campo, the group decide it's time to bring down Vito before he can kill Mil.

After Mil marries Chace, the two soon realise that the connection they felt for each other at 14 is still strong but can they trust each other and accept the feelings they have for one another as genuine? Chace is a dream of a character and part of me wanted him to end up with Trace but Mil is a much better match for him and they compliment each other perfectly. Initially I thought this book was going to primarily focus on Chace and Mil and whilst it does have a focus on them it was nice to be able to enjoy all of he other characters again. From Trace's innocence and determination to protect her new family to Tex's humour albeit in the face of his own painful past, I love each and everyone of these characters.

I have to say though that it was Phoenix's letter to Mil towards end of the story that will stay with me though, I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and now I miss him even more, despite his wrongdoings.

I can't wait to read Elicit and Enforce... I just need to find some time to enjoy them!!!

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5 Star Review: Elite (Eagle Elite, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday, 15 September 2014 No comments
Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A story of lies and deception, violence and death; welcome to Eagle Elite College and more importantly, The Elect.

Tracey Rooks' life is uncomplicated. Living on a farm with her Grandfather, she is protected by the simplicity of her lifestyle, that is until she wins a scholarship to Eagle Elite College.

Trace arrives at Eagle Elite and immediately questions whether she's made the right decision to leave the farm. Upon her arrival, she is met by The Elect's leader, Nixon, and hearing The Elect's rules, Trace knows her life won't be the same again. Despite his behaviour, Trace is drawn to Nixon and finding herself rooming with his sister, she finds it impossible to avoid him.

Nixon and his friends are domineering, intimidating and powerful and just the type of boys she knows she should avoid but together with Monroe, Nixon's sister, she is thrust into their lives and their lifestyle.

Nixon is charismatic and together his his friend Chase, Trace starts to enjoy their company but suffers for her alliance at the hands of one of Nixon's so called 'friends' and the rest of the student body.

This story is fast paced, full of twists and turns and it takes you on a completely unexpected journey. It's hard to review without spoiling the story but it is a truly magical and memorable book. It's a YA read and light on the sexual content but at the same time it's a beautiful story which pulls you in to the lives, emotions and heartbreak of Trace and Nixon. It includes elements of violence and some references to punishments and killings.

I can't wait for the next instalment to feed my new found Elect obsession.

Copy provided by Netgalley/author in return for an honest review.

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5 Star Review: Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews

Saturday, 6 September 2014 No comments
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's unusual for a series to go from strength to strength but the Kate Daniels' series is the exception to the rule. This book was simply stunning with a perfect blend of old favourites in the characters, new and wonderful creatures and an ongoing storyline which has grabbed me and not let go since book 1. Kate Daniels is the best heroine you'll ever read about!

5 Star Review: Boarded By Love (Bellevue Bullies #1) by Toni Aleo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 No comments
Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies, #1)Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If only true love was the sparkle in the glimpse of an eye, the wisp of air gasped upon the first sight of beauty or the touch of silk against the coarseness of lust then life would be but a magical experience carried in the air. Boarded By Love tells such a story; one of instant lust, love and regret against the backdrop of hockey and burlesque dancing.

4 Star Review: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday, 31 July 2014 No comments
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)Alex by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has me confused. I enjoyed the story. I loved the characters. The supporting cast were even amazing but this story just didn’t hook me right from the start. So why now I’ve finished the book am I disappointed?

This is certainly one of those slow building stories that creeps up on you and without realising it, you’ve been captured by the story and the lives of Alex and Sutton.

5 Star Review: Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 18 July 2014 No comments
Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3)Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story ticked all of my boxes, I loved it!!!

I've enjoyed the first two Last Call books a lot but this, this well, what can I say... had an edginess and an increased hotness to it thanks to Gavin. Yes, he starts out as an asshole but he kinda grows on you and when you get to understand him a little more you can see why he is the way he is.

We've met Savannah and her past before but she's always come across as the odd one out in this group of friends, no doubt deliberately written that way. However, the shy and retiring Savannah is no more in this story thanks to Gavin aka Filth!

4 Star Review: Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love, #1) by Chloe T. Barlow

Friday, 9 May 2014 No comments
Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love, #1)Three Rivers by Chloe T. Barlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A love borne from tragedy, secrets and lies is a love that will face challenges but ultimately its biggest challenge will be one of survival. This book tells such a story as it meanders just like it's Three Rivers towards happiness and salvation.

Althea has loved and lost but unexpectedly she finds happiness in her late husband's best friend, Griffen. After finding out she was pregnant a short while after losing Jack, Althea throws her life into her work and raising her son and remaining a loyal wife and widow in honour of Jack's memory.

4.5 Star Review: Confessions of a Litigation God (Legal Affairs #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 No comments
Confessions of a Litigation God (Legal Affairs, #2)Confessions of a Litigation God by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Smoldering Stars!!!!

Matt Connover is just what every girl needs and thanks to Sawyer Bennett you get plenty of him, drip fed, via Confessions of a Litigation God!

I really loved the Legal Affairs series but Matt's story for me was even more enjoyable. If you thought you loved Matt in Legal Affairs just wait until you get your hands on him in this book!

5 Star Review: Make It a Double (Last Call, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 4 April 2014 No comments
Make It a Double (Last Call, #2)Make It a Double by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, another amazing book from Sawyer Bennett - Love Brody!!!
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Who knew after the delights of Hunter and Gabby that they could be replaced so easily by Brody and Alyssa. I loved On the Rocks but for me, Brody's story was just magical.

You found out most of Brody's past in On the Rocks but his story and secrets are told in detail in Make it a Double. Brody was cast as being a brooding character in the first instalment of the Last Call series but when you finally get to meet the real Brody in Make it a Double you can help but fall for him. He has suffered and tried to piece his life back together again assuming that for him his HEA will never happen being a troubled ex-con but Alyssa comes along to prove him wrong and to show him that happiness for him really can exist.

5 Star Review: Affirmation (Legal Affairs #1.6) by Sawyer Bennett

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 No comments
Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #1.6)Affirmation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well that's it, the conclusion has been reached and Matt and Mac's story has been told.

The series was enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who has yet to read it. Especially as you can now read one book after the other which for me would have been preferable rather than waiting 2 weeks in between instalments. That said, the story was fun, sexy as hell and also had an emotional element as Matt and Mac tried to develop a relationship with worked for them both.

This final book ticked all the boxes for me though. I was worried that the story would just start to slip away but yet again another hurdle was presented to Mac which she needed to work through with Matt if their relationship had any chance of surviving.

I look forward to re-reading this again at a later date to re-live the story in one go.

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5 Star Review: Reparation (Legal Affairs #1.5) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 7 March 2014 No comments
Reparation (Legal Affairs, #1.5)Reparation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well you can't say you don't get enough steaminess from Mac and Matt!!!

After accepting his feelings for Mac, Matt starts to enjoy the pleasures of being in a relationship with her and tries to ignore any nagging doubts he has based on his previous hellish relationships.

Once again this was another quick and satisfying read and I am still really enjoying the premise of the storyline and especially the characters, Matt and Mac. Matt has his flaws, yes, but as the series moves along you can see why and what he's going through to fight his demons, one of which shows up at the end of this story.

Only one more book to go, which is a shame as I'm really getting into this series now!

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4.5 Star Review: Toxic (Ruin, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Tuesday, 4 March 2014 No comments
Toxic (Ruin, #2)Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Finally, it's Gabe time and he didn't disappoint. I don't know if it's because I listened to the book via Aubible but Gabe seemed to be a completely different character in this book. Gone is the funny, loveable rogue and in comes a version who is deeply troubled, angry, hurtful, dismissive and most of all cruel, especially to Saylor, the poor girl who turned to listen to his music only to find herself the target of his full on emotions.

Never fear though, as the story progresses you develop a new love for Gabe and when you realise what he's endured through his life you can't help but cry, for him, for Kimmy/Princess and for the life they loved and lost.

I do find these stories very wordy and they tend to be a little repetitive with scenes recounted again and again but each time with more heartbreak. That said, I really enjoyed the story and as I neared the end I was really crying and gasping at the beauty of the story.

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5 Star Review: Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3) by Joanna Wylde

Thursday, 27 February 2014 No comments
Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3)Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who needs sleep when you have Liam/Hunter to keep you entertained!!!

Don't ask me if I prefer MC books over fighter books at the moment because I simply couldn't say but what I can say is that the Reapers MC series is totally amazing and Devil's Game is perfect.

This is Em's story and part of which was covered in the previous book. As Picnic's daughter, Em more than her sister Kit, struggles to live under the Reapers MC's Presidents constant watch and with him not only frightening off but even shooting her potential boyfriends Em realises that only radical action will help her to escape his ever-watchful gaze.

5 Star Review: Mitigation (Legal Affairs #1.4) by Sawyer Bennett

Sunday, 23 February 2014 No comments
Mitigation (Legal Affairs, #1.4)Mitigation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs series and the story of Matt and Mac is developing nicely.

After the cliffhanger at the end of Violation, Mac sees Matt in a new light and starts to wonder, or hope, that maybe a relationship with her boss will be possible after all.

Needless to say, the road to happiness is anything but smooth and as Mac finds out, Matt is not the person to rely on when it comes to wanting her dreams to come true.

I love the way Matt fights his emotions in this story as he tries to decide whether the fear of rejection outweighs the fear of losing Mac, possibly forever.

Once again, it's another two weeks to wait for the penultimate story in this intriguing series.

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4 Star Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret #3) by L Marie Adeline

Monday, 17 February 2014 No comments
S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret, #3)S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy provided via Netgalley

Argh, I can't believe this is the final book in the Secret series! The concept has been really enjoyable as has reading about Cassie's exploits.

Now a confident woman Cassie thinks she has it all, the man, the job and a happy life but it all comes tumbling down when Will finds out about S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed follows Cassie once again as she tries to come to terms without Will and but again the gorgeous Jesse makes a reappearance into her life (although in this book he was a bit of a moody jerk and irritated me somewhat, but hey, that's just me!).

The new S.E.C.R.E.T. nominee is Solange Faraday, a well-known personality who is confident and powerful but lonely having separated from her husband after the birth of their child. Needless to say, Solange's STEPS are *cough* rather HOT and STEAMY but is she truly over the man she loved and lost, her ex-husband Julius?

The enigmatic Pierre Castille also plays a part in this book but I found his parting gift a little unbelievable, especially after he had been such a moron in book 2.

For me personally, I felt like there was a little too much going on in this book, you had Cassie, Will, Claire, Solange, Julius, & Jesse all with a story to tell and trying to keep up with each of them made the story lack continuity at times. That said, I still enjoyed each of them immensely.

So what's next for L Marie Adeline? Surely this isn't the end of this writer's pseudonym. I hope not!

5 Star Review: On the Rocks (Last Call, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Sunday, 9 February 2014 No comments
On the Rocks (Last Call, #1)On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a new series from the amazing Sawyer Bennett. Having loved her “Off” series and recommended it to everyone I know, I have been bouncing up and down with excitement waiting for this first instalment from her new Last Call series.

Sawyer writes adult/contemporary romance exceptionally well and she is adept at capturing your imagination right from the get-go. With so many books out there now it must be hard for an author to keep finding new ideas and storylines but Sawyer has managed it with this series.

The story surrounds life-long, family friends, Hunter Markham and Gabby Ward. Hunter is a surfer who has been travelling the world and competing at the highest level. Gabby is a general contractor who has taken over her father’s business. After a post-graduation kiss which went disastrously wrong, Gabby is left licking reeling from Hunter’s abrupt rejection of her.

4 Star Review: Violation (Legal Affairs #1.3) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday, 6 February 2014 No comments
Violation (Legal Affairs, #1.3)Violation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know I've been a bit critical over the first two books, and I still don't really like how short these stories are, but that said, this one is so much better and I finally feel that there is a story developing here.

I love the premise to these stories and Mac and Matt are really exciting characters but up to now there has not been much substance to their story. I suspect that this is mainly due to the length of these books and that if you were to read them altogether you would have a much better reading experience.

As before, I read Violation in about 45 mins and again, just as the story was getting good it ended. If I could contain myself, I would probably wait and read all the books together once they had all been published but I can't so I really only have myself to blame. I will definitely read them all again at the end though to see how the story flows reading them consecutively without a 2 week gap in between.

I love that Matt is starting to lose his edginess and that Mac is breaking down his walls. These two characters have a delicious relationship and I can't wait to read more.

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4 Star Review: Stipulation (Legal Affairs #1.2) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 24 January 2014 No comments
Stipulation (Legal Affairs, #1.2)Stipulation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm loving these stories but I just don't like being drip fed my smut.

Mac and Matt are still bouncing between bed and court and that's about it until suddenly a third party shows interest in Mac and things start to get interesting but then the book ends.

This took 30 mins reading time tops for me and now I'm ready and waiting for the next instalment. I'm tempted not to read any more until I've got the set, this is just too frustrating :)

Frustrations aside though, Sawyer's writing is as ever fabulous and compulsive and thoroughly enjoyable.

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