4 Star Review: Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker

Sunday, 15 November 2015 No comments
Touch Me Not (Manwhore, #1)Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What do you get when you cross a manwhore with a prude? A beautiful story of love in the face of adversity of course!

Just when life can’t get any more difficult for Lily, who is in love with her best friend Adam and unable to verbalise or act on her feelings towards him, Nikoli, the local manwhore, sets his sights on her and despite the threats from everyone who knows and loves Lily, he is not to be deterred from achieving his target, to get Lily between the sheets.

4 Star Review: Friction (Legal Affairs) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday, 24 September 2015 No comments
Friction (Legal Affairs)Friction by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


If you loved the Legal Affairs series, then you will find this story as equally enjoyable. Following different characters from opposing law firms this time, we get to meet a woman who will do anything to get her way, Leary Michaels, and the man set to challenge her, Reeve Holloway.

From the outset, it was apparent that this story was going to have a heavy theme and an even heavier law setting. With more of a legal focus and plenty of court time, we get to witness Leary and Reeve as they go head to head over a case which is both personal and heartbreaking for Leary. Reeve is determined to do his job though but as he gets closer to Leary, both professionally and personally, he soon finds out that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

5 Star Review: Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill #3) by Jewel E Ann

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 No comments
Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill, #3)Dawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A perfect conclusion to an outstanding series.

I knew this book was going to be a painful one to read, especially the start with AJ’s rapidly declining health but I still wasn't prepared for the emotion l felt throughout the story. The beginning was especially poignant as Jackson took over AJ’s, now limited, control of his life in order to protect his sister. As expected, Jillian reacted badly to news of AJ and immediately spiralled out of control but what no-one realised was that she wasn't just running from her emotions!

5 Star Review: End of Day (Jack & Jill #1) by Jewel E Ann

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 No comments
End of Day (Jack & Jill, #1)End of Day by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a story which bites, scratches and kicks it’s way into your mind, and it’s one you won’t want to miss!

From a dark and disturbing past in the light of Day to a future and a life in the Knight, we are welcomed into the lives of Jessica/Jude and Jillian/Jackson as they try to outrun their past and the horrors experienced at the hands of a serial killer.

5 Star Review: Rip by Rachel Van Dyken

Thursday, 27 August 2015 No comments
RipRip by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


RIP is another amazing book in Rachel Van Dyken's arsenal of outstanding storylines. No-one quite writes Mafia like her and in this stand-alone book we are treated to Nikolai and Maya, two Russians who set about to save each other's souls, with the help of some Italian favourites along the way!

I was initially torn about this book. It didn’t start in the same vein as other Rachel Van Dyken books but instead had a slow and deliberate feel to it. Despite that, it did keep my attention, albeit tentatively, until I realised that this was going to be a side-story to the Eagle Elite series and once that happened *BANG* the story picked up and pulled me in at an alarming rate. Irrespective of how the story initially started though, I loved the characters right from the beginning. Nikolai was a dream of man with his mysterious, dark and Jekyll/Hyde ways which were complemented beautifully by Maya’s innocence and locked away secrets.

5 Star Review: Undeniably You by Jewel E Ann

Sunday, 19 July 2015 No comments
Undeniably YouUndeniably You by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the first I’ve read by the author and it won’t be the last. I love a good stand-alone and this is definitely one to delve into. The writing is clear and concise, the story captivating and the humour is balanced and with characters perfectly complimenting each other, this is a story to love, cherish and hold on to.

For me this story had a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde feel about it. It started out with one distinct theme to it; comical romance with a dash of quirkiness, but then it morphed into its alter-ego; a deep contemporary romance with passion, heartbreak, angst, dare I say it, some cheating, before reaching its long awaited HEA. I loved both parts but it did feel that the author set out with one objective in mind only to be swept away by the power of the characters’ connection. The start was lighthearted with comical moments, fun banter and a delicious combo in the form of the “pool guy”, aka Lautner, and the easy-going but equally gorgeous vet, Dale. Torn between both men from the outset, Sydney, knowing she will only be house-sitting for a month, knows that romance should be kept firmly in its place; buried deep inside a locked box.

5 Star Review: Capture (Seaside Pictures, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Friday, 3 July 2015 No comments
Capture (Seaside Pictures, #1)Capture by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another brilliant story from an amazing author whose writing lights up the pages in front of your eyes as it entertains and leaves you with a lasting memory. With books spanning across a range of themes, Rachel Van Dyken’s Capture brings with it an element of surprise as some of our favourite characters, from her other works, make cameo appearances to add a little something extra to this already wonderful story.

From reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be an emotional read but with Rachel Van Dyken's talent to bring humour into most situations I need not have been concerned. From the start, when we first meet Dani and the rest of the wonderful cast, we're thrust into a potential love affair as 17 year old, recently mute, Dani crashes straight into Lincoln who, unbeknownst to her, is her new employer thanks to her Hollywood movie star/director/brother-in-law, Jaymeson. Dani is immediately captured by Lincoln, in more ways than one, as she feels something in her heart that has been dormant since losing her parents in a tragic accident.

5 Star Review: The Consequence of Revenge (Consequence, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday, 11 May 2015 No comments
The Consequence of Revenge (Consequence, #2)The Consequence of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


#SaveMax

Oh I love this series so much, I haven't laughed so hard in ages. Thank you, thank you, thank you Rachel Van Dyken for bringing Max to life and delivering him to our e-readers.

I thought Colton's story was funny but Max surpassed my expectations as he unleashes his own brand of quirkiness on the story. Page after page brought tears to my eyes and they weren’t just tears of laughter but also pain, pain that is mostly endured by Max’s poor brother, Reid. If you thought he'd recovered from Grandma then you are sorely mistaken. What fascinates me though is how Max and Reid didn't kill themselves before the age of 10! If you've ever had a sibling prank played on you you will know what I mean when I say multiply it, tenfold, and you will understand what Reid and Max put themselves through!

This story was again brilliantly written. The comic capers flowed beautifully throughout the story as Max, plus one or two other series favourites, try to survive Love Island and to win the ultimate prize but will the winner choose Max or the money?!

From goats to geckos, this story brings its own brand of happiness to your life as Max, the ultimate bachelor, tries to find his HEA in the arms of his Starbucks girl.

Although I’m firmly Team Max for this instalment, my heart ultimately belongs to Reid and I can’t wait to get my teeth into more of his delicious charactor!

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5 Star Review: Yield (Legal Affairs, #3) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 10 April 2015 No comments
Yield (Legal Affairs, #3)Yield by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 “cal-tastic” Stars

What a truly memorable series Legal Affairs has been. We have laughed, loved and had our heart strings pulled, but most of all we have experienced an amazing story of lust, passion and, thanks to Cal, his own brand of kinkiness!!!

4 Star Review: Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #1) by Avery Aster

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 No comments
Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years, #1)Love, Lex by Avery Aster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved reading Avery Aster's The Manhattanites so reading The Undergrad Years was a no brainer for me. These four delightful friends are so funny and quirky and they draw you into their world with a twist and a shake of sheer cray-cray!!!

This story focuses around another near life disaster this time at the hands of Lex. Still trying to put an end to Lady V, she decided that her 18th birthday, in Paris, with her boyfriend , Kelle, is the ideal time to do it. However, her mother, Birdie, has something to say, or rather do, about that! Trying to escape her mother's clutches, Birdie takes matters into her own hands and Birdie nearly falls off her drug induced perch.

After all four friends end up on the wrong side of the law, Lex comes face to face with Officer Gotti, a hottie god, and someone who could take down her particulars any time!

After being released from the police station, Officer Gotti comes to Lex's assistance, in more ways than one, and soon the two have more than their shared interest of bikes on their minds.

This is a quick and easy read and one which, for me, brightened up a dull day. It ends at 85% though, so be warned!

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5 Star Review: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 No comments
The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1)The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is one seriously funny read. I downloaded it expecting a nice contemporary romance but I wasn't expecting the high level of humour and entertaining cast. From page one this book had me in stitches. I laughed until my sides hurt and out loud at times which was a little embarrassing when I was in public.

From the start I could tell this was going to be a fast paced and funny story. Milo and her brother Jason and his best friend Colton have grown up together and have remained firm friends but there's only one problem; Milo has been secretly in love with Colton her whole life but does he feel the same?

Milo is a tom-boy and having grown up with her brother and Colton, life is not without its adventures and incidents. Having returned home for her brother's wedding it is clear that the years have not changed their accident prone friendship as the three quickly start working their way through incident after incident and disaster after disaster. Even the wedding doesn't go to plan and by the time of the ceremony, there are more than a few bruises present.

Having started a lie, Milo soon realises that things are quickly going to escalate as she foolishly admits that her best friend, Max, is her boyfriend and he is soon invited to the wedding. Max is the most quirky friend you could ever wish for but also fiercely loyal to Milo in his own special way. He knows that she and Colton love each other but in an attempt to force them to admit to their emotions he causes even more mayhem.

Additional humour is provided by the awesome Grandma and her "love" interest Max's gorgeous brother Reid. The humour in this part of the story is so perfectly mind blowing that it really did nearly put me in hospital who a painful case of split sides! Poor Reid really didn't know just what he'd let himself in for by attending the wedding.

The story progresses with hope and humour until its conclusion but will Colton and Milo get their HEA or will Max derail their chances, accidentally, of course!!!!

I can't wait for the next instalment.

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5 Star Review: Grind (Cal and Macy's Story #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Grind (Legal Affairs, #2)Grind by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I am loving this series so much. Cal and Macy are explosive in and out of bed but most of all, we're starting to see the ice queen melt and beneath her hard outer shell is a tender vulnerability. Will Cal be able to save Macy from herself and to let her see how life can be lived; with the love of a good man?

The story continues after the cruel conclusion to Clash as the the office scene recommences. Will Call be able to resist Macy charms and do his job without falling for her seduction techniques? Macy is determined to break her one time only rule with Cal who has awakened something in her and it's something that needs feeding again and again, but will she be able to just use Cal for sex without falling for him and will he be able to enjoy time with her without being hurt by her past?

5 Star Review: Clash (Legal Affairs, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Saturday, 14 March 2015 No comments
Clash (Legal Affairs, #1)Clash by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow, I'm thinking Cal might just be my new BBF, who'd have thought we'd have our hands full with this quiet, unassuming man but damn, Cal is a little kinky!!!! What a pairing he and Macy make, from verbal fireworks to explosive sex, I need more from these two ASAP!!!!

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4 Star Review: Fearless (Ruin, #2.5) by Rachel Van Dyken

Friday, 13 March 2015 No comments
Fearless (Ruin, #2.5)Fearless by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ahhh, what a beautiful conclusion to Wes and Keirsten's story!!! A bit far fetched but hey, it's a romantic love story and anything goes, right!!!



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4 Star Review: Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call, #5) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday, 5 March 2015 No comments
Shaken, Not Stirred (Last Call, #5)Shaken, Not Stirred by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's official, Casey Markham has been tamed and it's by none other by Tenn Jennings. This is not a straightforward story though and as you expect with Casey she fights her emotions all of the way.

Tenn is a biker, a cowboy and an ex-marine, yeah right Sawyer Bennett hit us with the full monty on this one! So how is Casey expected to resist his charms? Easy, at first, he's just not the type of man she normally goes for but her heart... that tells a different story as she battles her emotions to decide if she really can fall in love with this man.

All of the usual gang make a reappearance in this book including Nix and Emily. I love the way Brody and Hunter go all big brotherly on Tenn and attempt to make sure he is not going to hurt their sister. Having had her fair share of heartbreak thanks to her first boyfriend, Casey is fiercely protecting her herself and is frightened to allow any man inside the walls of her heart but bit by bit Tenn breaks down her defences and makes her realise that it is ok to love and be loved.

Although I loved this story, I found it slightly unbalanced between the inner monologue/dialogue and I found myself speedreading parts of the story. I think I was spoiled with Gavin, that's it... I'll blame Gavin!!! That said, it was an enjoyable read and a nice conclusion to the storyline. Outer Banks will be missed that's for sure but is there a story coming for Woolf, hmmm now he's an interesting character to dream about.

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5+++ Star Review: Elude (Eagle Elite, #6) by Rachel Van Dyken

Saturday, 24 January 2015 No comments
Elude (Eagle Elite, #6)Elude by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


5+++ Stars

Words cannot express my love of this series. Yes, it’s far-fetched with young men, and women, running the largest Italian mob families in the USA but so brilliantly written that even the harshest of critics couldn’t take away from the truly gripping storyline.

In this instalment we spend time with the ghost that is Sergio. After his fall from grace in the eyes of the Italian families his only hope to survive the fallout is to accept an arranged marriage to the estranged daughter of one of the largest Russian mob families. Andi is beautiful, feisty and sassy but she's also dying of leukaemia. Knowing her time is short, she embraces her life with a determination and passion and despite not loving Sergio, she is more acceptant of the marriage than he is. Sergio is furious that his choice has been taken from him and Andi revels in his frustration and taunts him until he cracks and finally accepts her, if not married life.

5 Star Review: Elicit (Eagle Elite, #4) by Rachel Van Dyken

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 No comments
Elicit (Eagle Elite, #4)Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is fast becoming one of my all time favourite series. The complexity and passion in the storyline makes your heart beat and your nerves tingle. What started off as a NA treat has become a Mob masterclass.

Tex Campisi is probably my favourite character. He is extremely funny, sweet, beautiful and above all an accomplished killer. The love of his life is none other than Mo, Nixon's sister and despite the threats Nixon rains down on him in a daily basis about staying far away from his sister, Tex is powerless to her charms. Mo is perfect for Tex, she too is a highly skilled fighter and with her knives strapped to her body, any man should fear her, including Tex. The real magic though appears when these two are together. Unable to resist their love for each other but knowing they can never be together, Tex and Mo's emotions explode.

This story continues with the families battling for control and with the Sicilian threat ever looming and Tex being expected to take the reins of the Campisi empire, the group have to work together to find the best way to alleviate the pressure they are facing and which will arrive at their door all too soon.

I love the passion and determination Mo shows throughout this story. She loves her man and nothing and no-one will stop them being together. The extremes she goes to to protect and keep Tex from harm is breathtaking as is her resolve to once and for all make this man hers for eternity.

I won't go into details about the storyline as it will spoil it too much if you haven't already read it but you will be blown away at the return of a ghost and also getting to know a couple of new characters a little better. I love the way everything is solved with a punch, gun shot or a stabbing in their lives. Far fetched, yes, but totally enjoyable and crackpot crazy!!!

I can't wait to read the next instalment but in the meantime there are some novellas to whet your appetite for more and to fill in some of the gaps. I don't know how Rachel does it though. With so many complex twists and turns she brings her readers to a crescendo only to leave them wanting more once again. For me that's the sign of a truly talented writer.



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5 Star Review: Hero by Samantha Young

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 No comments
HeroHero by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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HERO: Such a small, inconsequential word but which embodies a love story that is captivating, fulfilling, enjoyable and rewarding. Caine and Alexa are two beautiful characters with sass, sex appeal, and unfortunately intertwined lives that have set them apart in the cruellest of ways but can they overcome their differences in order to be in the same room together let alone fall in love?

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

Monday, 19 January 2015 No comments
Ember (Eagle Elite, #5)Ember by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you love your mafia books then you’ll adore this series. It’s subtly dark and dangerous and your imagination runs riot as you visualise in graphic detail the horrors that are experienced at the hands of those with Cosa Nostra blood running through their veins.

This series really does get better and better and I never want it to end. What this book portrays is a story of hope and redemption which Phoenix firmly believes he isn’t entitled to after the atrocities of his past.