Review: Rocco

Wednesday 13 December 2017 No comments
Rocco Rocco by Sarah Castille
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Ruin & Revenge book and another Mafia Enforcer to tame!

It’s Rocco’s turn to entertain us and boy does he do that. Rocco is dark, brooding, extremely dangerous, and at the same time, sweet, caring and protective. As a De Lucchi, he is an enforcer who is famed for showing no remorse and no weakness but as the man in love with Grace Mantini, he finds himself at odds with his role in life and especially his cold and callous upbringing.

Having been thrust together whilst Grace was still a child and falling in love as she became of age, Rocco and Grace share an unlikely love and bond. With Rocco’s, for all intents and purposes “father” onto them, Grace finds herself running from the man she loves. Disfigured as a result of her feelings towards Rocco, Grace now hides herself away in Vegas and is determined to live a life as far away from her family ties as possible. Little does she know, however, is that when she attends a funeral with her family, more than one ghost will be resurrected as a result.

Rocco has never forgotten Grace, nor has he forgiven her for running from him, although he understands the reasons why. Despite their time apart though, their feelings have never waned and soon Rocco and Grace once again feel the sparks that fused them together all those years earlier. Whilst the road ahead still looks impossibly daunting for the duo, they find themselves back in each other’s arms but with danger, as ever, closing in, especially for Grace. With hits and threats abound, Rocco is determined to keep Grace safe but her father has something to say about that and soon Grace’s future looks to be heading away from Rocco once again.

I really enjoyed most of this story but the middle part was excruciatingly slow. So much so that I skim read large parts of the story. I was even tempted not to finish the story a time or two but I am so glad that I persevered as the conclusion of this book was enthralling. Back was the captivating writing and storytelling that I’d come to expect from the author. I have no idea why the story fell so flat for me in the middle (although I was full of flu when reading the book, so it may be more about me than the storyline) but overall the story ended up being memorable for all the right reasons.

As expected, the ending left me wanting more from the Ruin & Revenge series so, if like me, you find yourself wondering where the plot and storyline has gone, keep with it, your prayers will be answered as you read on!

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Review: Block Party

Monday 11 December 2017 No comments
Block Party Block Party by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an outstanding series and one every romance reader should experience 💕💕💕

I’m so relieved that this isn’t the last book in this truly fascinating series. I have loved each and every book so far and Block Party was as much of a hit as its predecessors. As I’ve said before, many times, Stylo Fantome is an amazing writer. Her stories are captivating and the storylines flow effortlessly. The characters she creates are endearing and memorable.

Block Party picks up the story after Katya’s epic fall from grace (in my eyes) in The Neighborhood. Now with Wulf, Katya has left Liam at a loose end. Solely in charge of his sex club, he and his right-hand woman, Tori, are all he has in his life, apart from Brie, Wulf’s rather persistent sister and Liam’s biggest hookup mistake to date. With Brie not understanding the word no, Liam finds his life in turmoil, well apart from his business dealings but that is only thanks to Tori and Ayumi, Wulf’s assistant and Liam’s part-time accountant. Ayumi is all business and really does live up to her Ice Queen name. With little to no sense of humour, much to Liam’s chagrin, Ayumi is sexy but cold and aloof but, as they say, opposites do attract and when Ayumi ends up in Liam’s apartment having escorted a paralytic Tori there after a night out which also included Katya, Liam finds an altogether different side to Ayumi on his hands.

What Liam and Ayumi have is explosive but with Ayumi’s fears of rejection and lifetime belief that she’s not good enough for anyone or likely to ruin anything she comes close to having for herself, thanks to her mother’s cruel taunts, anything more that one night stand with this beautiful but closed off woman is practically impossible. That is until Wulf gives Ayumi a task which sees her needing to escape her day job for a short while before commencing it. With Liam about to set off on a road trip, Ayumi finds herself asking to tag along and that’s when we get to see the real Liam and Ayumi.

Both characters are enigmas in their own right but it’s only with time do Ayumi’s many layers reveal themselves as we get to find out why she has become so broken. As you would expect, any sort of a romance between Liam and Ayumi is going to be one step forward and two steps back and whilst their deliberate relationship was endearing it was also equally frustrating but with all great stories, you are teased with hope and the possibility of a HEA and eventually Liam starts to win the battle for Ayumi’s affections or does he?

As this story progresses, readers are also teased with a possible romantic development which nicely leads into the next story and the end of the book even treats, or taunts, you with an insight into the start of Tori and Landon’s story. I can't wait!

I simply can’t recommend this series enough, or any books by this author come to that. They all captivating and leave you wanting more. I always savour every word on every page - there’s no speed reading with these books, so sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride.

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Review: Van

Sunday 10 December 2017 No comments
Van Van by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve got handcuffs. Wanna play?
I really do enjoy reading this series and I’m so glad it is going to continue with Reed’s story.

Despite being a series following a team of ice hockey players, each book is unique and refreshing. I have read stories about characters that I’ve loved, and some that have challenged my opinions about certain behaviour, including bullying.

We were introduced to Van during Lucas, as Lucas’ quiet, brooding and grumpy housemate. As a result, Van runs in parallel with Lucas for some of the story as we finally find out just what went on behind closed (bed)room doors between Van and Lucas’ sister, Simone.
It’s not the first time I’ve been called rude. I’ve also been described as closed off. Introverted. Asshole. Weird.
I wasn’t prepared for such a determined and dominant character for a 22-year-old but Simone really is a force to be reckoned with, in and out of bed. With her eyes firmly set on Van, she does everything in her power to win him over, even if their connection is based purely on sex. Whilst Simone’s antics came across as funny on occasion, she also smacked of desperation at other times. Van was determined to keep Simone at arm's length for numerous reasons, the main reason becomes clear as the story progresses, but despite her being his teammates’ sister, he struggles to keep away from her after a while.
I’m rotten, mischievous, and completely flirty… in a nice way, of course. I could no more leave a man like Van alone than I could ignore aspirin the morning of a hangover.
After finally winning over Van’s “affections” (that’s affections used in the loosest possible term), Simone and Van have copious amounts of extremely physical sex. And whilst, their connection is explosive, the story became mostly about their coming togethers rather than anything else until we find out the real reason that Van is closed off. At this point, we find a softer side to both characters, which I really appreciated, but despite a tender and heartfelt moment when Van opens up to Simone, the scene ends with them once again banging the hell out of each other!
He’s a total bad boy, and I want him. I foolishly, petulantly want him. He’s the type a good girl goes after so she can tame him, except I’m not such a good girl.
For me, the lighthearted side of Simone was lost when she sold herself short with her sexual exploits. Van, also didn’t come across as a dominant character that you could fall for but instead, he was cruel and disinterested and remiss in ignoring his feelings towards Simone until everything comes to a head.

Whilst I enjoyed this story, I didn’t love it, which disappointed me as I was really looking forward to revealing the man behind the secretive persona. Sadly, the story becomes more erotica than romance, ie more sex and than substance, for some of the book which pulled my interest away from the storyline at times.

That said, this is a book which will be a hit with other readers and I guess that’s the beauty of this series, it really does have something for everyone.

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Review: Lucas

Lucas Lucas by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book and another gorgeous Cold Fury player!

Book 8 and I am still loving this series which takes readers on a fascinating journey into the world of sporting alphas. We’ve had characters which are dominant, characters which frustrate, and this time we just have a sweet, generous, kindhearted and generally loveable character in Lucas.

A player, in both senses of the word, Luc is happily enjoying singledom until he comes across Museum curator, Stephanie Frazier. When he realises that Stephanie is more than his match where hot dates are concerned, he jumps, literally, at the chance of one night with her but it’s one night that will change his life forever.

Stephanie has as easy-going and fun-loving personality but with a major insecurity complex. Having lived a wealthy but unloved childhood, she finds it hard to make friends and even harder to commit to someone and love…. love is an impossibility, or so she thinks.

Clearly enamoured with Lucas, and vice versa, the duo start a less than conventional relationship. Whilst clearly enjoying each other’s company, in between the sheets so to speak, it’s difficult to foresee them having anything more than a physical connection with each other, at first.

Another delightful Fournier man, Lucas adds his own blend of special to this story and despite his kindness towards Stephanie, and her “little” problem, she is impossibly frustrating and continuously rejects what he has to offer. Whilst full of drama, readers are also treated to an unusual love affair and it’s definitely one to savour.

This was an easily enjoyable story, despite the drama. Luc was definitely the highlight in this instalment!

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Review: Dirty Secret

Dirty Secret Dirty Secret by Chelle Bliss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book's predecessor so I couldn’t wait to dive in to read about Reagan’s half-sister, Kennedy Barnes, and her “black ops” lifestyle.

There is something so rewarding when reading about empowered women and Kennedy's role in this book as an undercover Agent targeting arms dealers is really enjoyable. Kennedy is sexy, strong, determined and stunningly beautiful, all of which make her an extremely deadly weapon in the field, especially where men are concerned. One such unsuspecting man is Nix, a black hat hacker and someone already on Kennedy’s radar. Guilty of hacking finances and stealing millions, Nix is a prized target and when he becomes attracted to Kennedy, it’s up to her to bring him to his knees. The only problem, she manages to bring him to his knees... with love.

Kennedy knows that it’s up to her as to how far she takes her duties, but she is swayed by Nix’s good looks and easy-going personality and it’s not long before their explosive, if albeit, undercover, love affair starts. Both know they are keeping secrets from each other. Nix pleads with Kennedy to let him into her life but she knows that she can never reveal her Greenlight role to him. All Nix knows is that he needs to protect her and when things turn nasty at the Loft, a secret club used by the criminal underworld, Nix knows that he has no option but to step in.

Nix’s business is impenetrable, that it until his ward leads him down a path he can’t return from but Kennedy is there to try to smooth the waters but will Nix ever be able to forgive her when her secrets are revealed?

I did enjoy this story but I felt that I was crying out for more mystery and intrigue at times. The story, although fascinating was a relatively easy-going read and despite the inevitable love-hurdle faced by Kennedy and Nix, their story was over before it got going. Whilst I love these authors, I felt that this book was a little bit rushed at times and lacking depth and plot. That said, it’s an easily enjoyable book to read and I loved the connection between Kennedy and Nix. Kennedy’s strength of character in relation to her role as an Agent seemed a little weak on occasion but overall her character was loveable but Nix, well, he could have sold the story to me all on his own!

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Review: Worship Me

Worship Me Worship Me by Chelle Bliss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Izzy and James dominate the Men of Inked series once again!

I could just read books about this pairing and never get bored. Izzy has style and sass in abundance and James, well, James is more than enough to rock any girl’s world. Together they are highly entertaining, quirky and fun loving and most of all sexy.

From the first line of the book…

"Izzy, please. Be reasonable."

… it was clear that Izzy and James’ relationship hadn’t dimmed in the least and their spark is as hot as ever. Now a decade on in their relationship, and with children underfoot, you’d think that Izzy and James may have toned down their antics, but you’d be wrong. Yes, they face the same problems as every parent in trying to find a suitable time to get their kink on, but when James has to head to the BDSM club where he was trained in order to track down an ALFA PI target, there is only one woman that he would ever want at his side and with this trip comes the opportunity to play!

I need the submissive who’ll kneel at my feet and do as I say without a fight.”
I cackled loudly because fight was my middle name. “Seriously? You want me to be that girl?”

Resorting to bribery and a little bit of sexual teasing, James finally persuades Izzy to return home with him to see his parents but little does she know that she’s part of a larger plan. Izzy is stubborn though and if anyone is going to accompany James to a BDSM club then it’s going to be her, even if she has to bite her teeth throughout the whole experience. Izzy is only prepared to give control to James on rare occasions and playing the part of a true sub tests her patience beyond its limits.

He had the commanding spirit and the best qualities of the dirtiest master, with just the perfect amount of iron fist and soft love. There was no one else I’d ever let control me but him.

This story also swings back to Inked and the goings on there in between the ALFA PI investigation and there is unrest between Izzy’s sisters-in-law as there is shortly to be a cuckoo in the next. Needing to employ more staff, Izzy is keen not to further increase the testosterone levels in Inked and decides to hire a woman but will her sisters-in-law accept her decision to allow a young, pretty woman to work alongside their gorgeous men?

Overall, this instalment had more of a grown-up feel to it. Now in and around their 40s, the cast are starting to realise that they are no longer kids and it’s extremely funny to witness their reactions to being called old. One thing that never gets old though is this series. Each and every character has taken us on a journey to be cherished and will never be forgotten.

The most poignant part of the story though is the author’s note at the end. After laughing at Izzy and James’ exploits, you will then be brought to tears as you appreciate just what Chelle Bliss has gone through to write this book. This really does give a new meaning to blood, sweat and tears. Hugs all round for Chelle x

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Review: Misadventures of a City Girl

Misadventures of a City Girl Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I jumped at the chance to read this book as soon as I saw that Chelle Bliss was involved. Having not read any other books in the series, or anything by Meredith Wild, I was intrigued to see how these two writers would combine their writing styles.

The concept of writing the Misadventures with various authors has clearly been well received by a wide range of readers. A series of sexy, stand-alone storylines by some of our favourite authors… what’s not to love?

Firstly, let me tell you this book was very quick to read and ended at 93%. It was more of a novella that a full-length story. It started with a bang, literally, as the key protagonists meet in the most unrealistic way imaginable. From the point they meet, it is clear that Luke and Madison have a spark of attraction and despite not knowing anything about each other, they, for the want of a better phrase, start banging the hell out of each other.

This is clearly more erotica than erotic romance but the romance did materialise, eventually, you just have to wait patiently for it. What I didn’t get though was that the “L” word was bandied around quicker than Luke could drop his pants, which was fast, and that just made the story all the more bizarre. I know it’s fiction and that anything can, and does, happen in an author’s mind, but readers need some character connection, development of feelings and generally some substance before everyone gets naked, again and again.

By the end of the book, I was warming to the characters and instead of wanting the book to finish, I was ready for Luke and Madison’s story to start. Luke’s past was complex and interesting but was barely touched upon which was a shame. Madison’s life was clearly the polar opposite to Luke’s and yet, despite some hesitation, Luke seemed to get over his PTSD in the blink of an eye.

This was a gently rewarding read which could have delved more into the psyche of the characters in order to provide readers with more depth to the storyline. That said, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

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5 Star Review: Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes

Sunday 19 November 2017 No comments
Trading Yesterday (Trading Yesterday, #1)Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An unforgettable tale of pain, suffering and salvation!

This story totally swept me away. Whether it was from the pain a suffering experienced by the family in this story as they watched their child suffer the indiscriminate cruelness of leukaemia or the fact that two people who clearly loved each other were separated only to be reunited, at a time when the future was so uncertain, this story ruined me, but in a way that only a well-written book and a beautiful story can do!

Review: Call Girl

Monday 13 November 2017 No comments
Call Girl Call Girl by Pavan Kaur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So much more than I initially expected!!!

When I saw this books centred around a “Call Girl”, I was intrigued but at the same time hesitant. I usually avoid books involving sex workers but I was surprised to find this particular job description wasn’t what I expected. Instead of services involving sex, these call girls are simply women who join men on trips, at official functions or just for companionship.

With a strict boss and a no sex rule is that is 100% enforced, this job makes perfect sense for Lexi. Having a background like hers, and having moved around and repeatedly reinventing herself as a result, this job suits her needs. It allows her to move around the country and enables her to avoid being seen locally with the same man thus protecting those dearest to her, that is until she meets Ethan.

Ethan is the godson of Lexi’s boss and tries, and manages, to circumvent some of Ms Jackie’s strict rules. With a proposal for Lexi, Ethan tries to manipulate her into giving up all of her current clients in order to spend time exclusively with him but this would also mean that she would be seen with Ethan locally and that’s something of concern to Lexi. Much to Lexi’s chagrin, Ms. Jackie pushes her towards Ethan and despite having a strong dislike of the man, she reluctantly accepts his proposal and huge financial offering.

Ethan and Lexi’s initial storyline is that of an unlikely pairing with a strong dislike of each other’s personalities. That said when they did come to an understanding, I loved the connection that they both formed together. From this point, the story felt to be written in two parts, for reasons which become clear as you read on. Whilst I enjoyed Lexi and Ethan’s initial battles, I felt the story started to lose some of its focus as it became more about their sexual relationship with seemingly no direction to their story beyond their initial connection. But that is where I was completely wrong! This book then exploded into another altogether more sinister storyline as we find out the reasons behind Lexi’s need to keep relocating and her need to protect those closest to her. The romance, whilst still there, was pushed aside for an exciting romantic suspense story which kept me thoroughly entertained. Ethan lost some of his arrogance and became Lexi’s protector and this side of their relationship I absolutely loved. Whilst not wanting to reveal exactly what Lexi and Ethan face, I can say that there is pain, suffering and heartbreak which was totally unexpected.

The side characters in this story were as equally enchanting, from Joe who works in Ethan’s building and with whom Lexi develops a sweet friendship with, to Tanya and Travis, Ethan’s sister and lifelong friend and colleague. Each character has a part to play in this story and their involvements makes the story all the more rewarding.

So, unexpectedly, this book became a romantic suspense hidden within what initially seemed like a sweet romance. With both Lexi and Ethan hiding and running from their respective pasts, it becomes clear that Ms. Jackie saw something in each of them that would allow each to heal the pain and suffering experienced by the other. I would recommend sticking with the storyline if, like me, you find it a little tame and mellow in parts, the book’s strength is in its slow and steady development making it very rewarding read.

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed her writing. I am always a more harsh critic when reading something by a new to me author but I was thankful that I took a chance on this story. It has certainly left me with a lasting fondness for the characters and their emotional storyline.

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Review: A Cruel Kind of Beautiful

Friday 10 November 2017 No comments
A Cruel Kind of Beautiful A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a sweet romance that gave me all the feels ❤️

I was expecting an a-typical rock star romance but this was the complete opposite, telling the story instead of a young and upcoming band trying to secure a record deal. The story about the band is only part of the overall book theme though as this focusses mainly on two characters: Jacob and Jera who find themselves meeting, unexpectedly, and immediately feeling an attraction to one another. Jera is avoiding boys after a string of unfortunate attempts at having a healthy sexual relationship but when Jacob, her paperboy, accidentally breaks her window she finds herself facing an altogether unexpected and not entirely unwanted emotion towards him.

Jacob is your loveable boy next door type of character. Despite facing his own personal battles, he is ridiculously sweet and caring towards Jera and is not about to be blown off by her avoidance tactics. I loved the way Jacob supported Jera as together they faced her demons and slowly but surely made her feel that she is not the broken shell of a girl she believes herself to be. What Jera faces in her young life is more realistic than most NA romance stories lead readers to believe. Sex is not always as perfect as it is portrayed in books and I commend the author for her realism and making her young character relatable, especially to readers in that age bracket.

This is a book for college romance lovers as well as those favouring a more musical theme. It’s also a new adult romance so there’s literally something for everyone. The story was well written and entertaining and held my interest throughout. I’ve been sitting on the fence between giving this story 4 or 5 stars but the more I think about, I do want to read this story again and again and for that, in my eyes, it has to have 5-stars!

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Review: Crowned by Hate

Tuesday 10 October 2017 No comments
Crowned by Hate Crowned by Hate by Amo Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crazy & Unique!

There are not many books that leave me questioning what I’ve just read but Crowned by Hate was definitely part of that outlandish group. The ending was so unusual and completely unexpected I had to re-read the last few chapters in case I’d inadvertently been transported into an alternate reality without my knowledge.

As expected by the author, this, as with her other books, really does leave you wondering which way is up. What starts out as a romance, albeit stemming from an unusual set of circumstances, it quickly becomes apparent that past exploits are feeding present-day reality. Forget the whole President’s daughter falls in love with a wealthy and powerful businessman expectation. This story has depth beyond depth as you slowly but surely unpeel and reveal the many layers that lead you towards some semblance of understanding Isa’s life.

Whilst clearly created by a wrongdoing, Isa and Bryant’s relationship is strangely heartwarming. Despite his hatred of Isa, Bryant is also weirdly protective of her. I really liked Bryant’s character and whilst at first, you think you understand why he wants to marry Isa, by the end of the story you are left questioning just why he’s determined to have her in his life. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Bryant’s sister, Jessica, into the storyline and I can’t wait to witness more of her antics. Devon starts out as the sweet friend but in the ends morphs into something inexplicable which I guess we'll have to wait to see who or what he really is.

As others have mentioned, this story does end of a cliff-hanger and I suspect a re-read will be in order before tackling the next instalment. There’s only so much insanity my brain can retain!

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Review: Charade

Charade Charade by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story and its concept. It was refreshingly different and drew me in straight away with the whole law firm storyline.

Whilst it irked me somewhat that the female character had to pretend to be engaged in order to get the job she was already qualified to do, I did enjoy the power struggle as both characters set about achieving their ultimate target: one, the right to take over from his father when he retired (Brock), and two, to become a practicing lawyer and no longer a researcher (Erica).

Both characters were easy to enjoy especially when Brock realised that Erica wasn’t someone to be trifled with. Whilst agreeing, in principle, to Brock’s “proposal”, Erica still had reservations but determined to acquire the job that she had worked tirelessly for, she put her morals aside and set about assisting Brock with his subterfuge. Erica wasn’t about to sleep her way into her dream job though and made it clear to Brock that this was a hands-off agreement. Brock, on the other hand, is also singularly determined to get what he wants and to do that, he needs to make his engagement as realistic as possible in front of his retiring father, and his brothers. Whilst a casual arm across the shoulders and a kiss on the cheek may seem innocent enough, it’s beyond what Erica signed up for as she repeatedly tells Brock. The only problem is that her body is starting to respond to Brock’s closeness and whilst her mind is determined to keep him at a distance, she starts to enjoy the odd moment of closeness.

As expected, and despite Erica’s best intentions, she soon starts to see the man behind the business suit and when away from work, Erica realises that Brock is a man she could, and does, fall for. Despite her softening towards Brock, Erica managed to maintain her feisty determination and no-nonsense attitude, which I really appreciated.

This was a really enjoyable story and one which held my interest throughout. The characters were endearing and the storyline rewarding. It was lighthearted but intriguing, especially the legal/law firm side to the story.

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Review: Scorched

Scorched Scorched by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We’ve always got the music, man…and music always makes everything better. Music would always be the cure.”

This was a thoroughly enjoyable story of young and forbidden love as Sam Archer falls for his young next door neighbour.

After breaking up with his girlfriend, Sam heads in search of solitude but finds himself living next door to a girl who simply takes his breath away.

Fighting to remember that Gracelyn Ward is much younger than him, and with a beguiling innocence, Sam struggles to keep his distance from Grace but with all good romance stories, Sam’s efforts are in vain as both he and Grace become enamoured with each other.

What starts out as a simple, and unexpected, friendship eventually becomes more as Sam and Grace take tentative steps towards love. Sam, having had multiple partners, is conscious of Grace’s innocence but doesn’t realise the full extent of it until their fate is sealed. Sam tries to be open and honest with Grace and is keen to extend the same courtesy to her parents, but Grace is hesitant and their relationship becomes clandestine and you can’t help but await the inevitable fallout.

Whilst I loved the way Sam and Grace fell for each other, I struggled to come to terms with the age difference. Whilst she is 19 years old and clearly an adult, the way she has been protected by her parents and their religious beliefs, makes her come across much younger. I don’t know if that was the intention or just the way Grace appears to readers but her lack of sexual experience means she is the polar opposite of the groupies of the same age that Sam faces regularly. That said, what feels like an almost seemingly impossible romance becomes a reality as Sam falls in love with Grace.

I didn’t think anyone could rival Clay/Jet but Sam Archer managed to turn me upside down with his sweet, caring and tender ways. Gone was the hardcore rocker and in its place, we get to see the real man behind the showman. I loved the way he tried to protect Grace from the problems that their relationship would inevitably bring and when he realised that she was it for him, he comes back to her doing what he does best.

As expected with Jade C Jamison, this was a well-written story and not without the usual band references that she is known and loved for.
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4 Stars: Ideal Image (Snapshot, #2) by Freya Barker

Friday 6 October 2017 No comments
Ideal Image (Snapshot, #2)Ideal Image by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An altogether more rounded story in this series which I really enjoyed, and appreciated!

This is the second instalment in the Snapshot series. Having loved the prequel, and being slightly disappointed with the first full instalment, Freeze Frame, I found Ideal Image to be a really rewarding and enjoyable story.

Right from the start I connected with the characters and loved spending yet more time with Ben, Isla and good ‘ole Al as well as the main protagonists in this story: Nick and Stacie, and Stacie’s daughter Mak.

Reviews: Are We True To Ourselves And The Authors?

Thursday 5 October 2017 No comments

I got to thinking yesterday after reading a rather brilliant but blunt review of a well-known and popular book.  When reading a book, do we get swept away by popular consensus or are we true to ourselves?

The book in question has so many mixed reviews that I have been forced to reconsider my rating and my thoughts of the story.  I loved the book and gave it 5* and I must admit to having read it more than once but after reading the contrasting opinions of another blogger I was forced to question my interpretation of the story.  Was the story glossed over in my own mind?  Did I really not see the violence and poor behaviour for what it was or did my mind just romanticise and create the story I wanted it to be?

Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Monday 11 September 2017 No comments
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a relatively new super-fan of Holly Martin and I am currently happily reading as many books by her in the shortest amount of time as is humanly possible.

Having read this mini series in slightly the wrong order, I found myself desperate to read Dougie and Eden’s story. Having shared a bond since childhood and following that “KISS” before Dougie left for the USA, Eden and Dougie have been the closest of friends over the last 12 years but their friendship has been at a cost, especially to Eden.

Eden felt cruelly rejected by Dougie after their kiss at Mistletoe Cove, the night before he told her he was moving to the USA with his family. Since then Eden has been unable to commit to any relationship let alone fall in love. I mean how could she, her heart belongs to Dougie and only Dougie. It’s impossible for Eden to even attempt to move on especially with Dougie’s daily messages, constant visits and overly affectionate nature. I mean, what’s not to love. Dougie is everyone's dream man.

When Dougie announces that he’s returning to Hope Island, all of Eden’s friends, family and the rest of the islanders know that he’s coming home to Eden but with Eden’s heart still in tatters, Dougie has a near impossible task on his hands if he intends to move their friendship towards a relationship. With his plots and plans though, Dougie does everything in his power to win Eden’s heart but will Eden be able to move on from her previous heartbreak and let Dougie love her, unconditionally?

This really was a special book which combined heartbreak, sadness, hope and sheer determination, on Dougie’s part. Eden was one tough nut to crack and despite throwing everything he has in his emotional arsenal at Eden, she continually refuses to accept that they can find their HEA together. Imagine a length of rope, dropped on the floor and coiled with twists, turns and impossible knots and that will give you an idea of how complicated Dougie and Eden’s love life is.

Holly’s writing style is both captivating and endearing. You can’t help but lose reading hours at the hands of her storytelling abilities and am I yet to find a book by her that I haven’t fallen 100% in love with. I just wish that I could step into the pages of her books myself!

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Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay

Friday 8 September 2017 No comments
Spring at Blueberry Bay Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another amazing story which I read non-stop in one day. I just love the way Holly Martin brings her characters to life. You can't help but get swallowed up by her books.

This set me up nicely to move straight on to Dougie and Eden's story.

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Can Plagiarism Ever be Conquered?

Sunday 3 September 2017 No comments

The indie-writing world has been rocked this week with the news that yet another self-published author has had her work plagiarised but what does this really mean to the book industry as we know it?  

In reality, very little will change.  Book plagiarism has been going on for years and yet still authors are continually finding themselves the victims of what amounts to theft.  Sadly, this news has made me question the authenticity and credibility of all authors.  Can we really know and trust our favourite authors not to plagiarise or do we blindly read on in the hope that the book we are enjoying has not been lifted from another source?  With so many books on the market, the chances of stumbling across a duplicitous book are highly unlikely and this makes all authors fair game to those looking to profit from their success.  We all know that the ebook market is hugely rewarding financially to indie authors with many making a decent earning from book sales, so is it the financial incentive that tempts people to plagiarise or is it more for the fame that comes with the media success of writing a bestseller?   With so many book signings taking place worldwide, and new authors popping up and marketing multiple books within their first year of writing, it begs the question: how many people sitting at those tables are genuine authors?  

5 Star Review: Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8) by Rachel Van Dyken

Sunday 13 August 2017 No comments
Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8)Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that story well and truly ripped my heart out, stamped on it and then, just for good measure, gave it a huge kick!

I always find myself reading these books with trepidation. As much as I love them and want to keep reading them non-stop, I just know there will be a bone crushing sadness somewhere along the way, and this book was no different.

From the joyous feeling of a new love, to the complications it brings when grown inside of a Mafia family, we hope that there will be a smooth path towards a HEA, but no, RVD just had to turn our world upside down, again!

Yes, I loved this story beyond words, but I did not enjoy the pain! I cried, and I don't like crying when reading - AT ALL! Despite my unwanted tears, I will remember this story as fondly as all of the others and will chalk it down to another painful reminder of what RVD can do to readers when she writes Eagle Elite stories.

If you haven't yet started this series then you absolutely must, but be warned, it's both rewarding and painfully emotional, in equal measures.


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Review: Scored

Thursday 10 August 2017 No comments
Scored Scored by Sloane Howell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was quite an enjoyable sports romance, although the baseball sporting references were completely lost on me. MVP? Had to Google that!!!

This is the first book from Sloane Howell that I’ve read but found that Scored was easily read as a standalone without having read Bossed first, although it did make me want to go back to read Bossed to see how Jenny and Ethan got together.

I enjoyed to story between Kelsey and Matt but at times found their behaviour a little tiresome. I really liked Matt’s character but just couldn’t fully connect with Kelsey, for some reason.

Whilst the story was enjoyable, I did find the writing style a little choppy and chaotic at times which took away some of my enjoyment of the book but not enough to stop me from finishing it and making me want to read the prequel to this story.

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4 Star Review: A Change of View (Northern Lights, #2) by Freya Barker

Friday 14 July 2017 No comments
A Change of View (Northern Lights, #2)A Change of View by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Freya Baker’s stories are heartwarming and enchanting.

This was another solidly written story from Freya. The characters were endearing and *yes* my age for a change. There are so few stories written involving mature (urgh, is that what people in their 40's are these days) characters and this is what makes me love Freya’s writing. Her books are both believable and realistic and not in any way artificially enhanced.

Review: The Broken Puppet

Monday 10 July 2017 No comments
The Broken Puppet The Broken Puppet by Amo Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet more riddles!

Another enjoyable instalment in this fascinating series. Despite having a great storyline, book 1 left me wanting more from this story but book 2 certainly delivered.

The start of this book seemed a little at odds with the overall theme of the book. With Madison and Tatum on the run from the Kings, they head off to the other side of the world to hide from Bishop et al. Despite thinking they were safe from their clutches, they soon find that Bishop has known where they were the whole time and soon they are returned to the US and to yet more uncertainty where her life is concerned. Once back on US soil, the story settles down into its usual complicated storyline with oodles of intrigue and mystery.

With the book revealing, even more, news about her life, Madison finds herself falling further into the King's clutches and more and more into the role of the Silver Swan. When seeking answers she finds more questions and also even more shocking revelations. The strength of this book is in its storyline, especially its many dimensions. Despite really enjoying the story, it did leave me a little confused so it’s definitely a book to read when you fresh and not tired after a long day at work!

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2.5 Stars: Freeze Frame (Snapshot, #1) by Freya Barker

Tuesday 13 June 2017 No comments
Freeze Frame (Snapshot, #1)Freeze Frame by Freya Barker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars - it was okay

I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially after enjoying its predecessor prequel, Shutter Speed. Ben and Isla were fascinating characters in Shutter Speed and I was left craving more from them and waiting on Freeze Frame with bated breath.

Freeze Frame catches up with Ben and Isla who are now starting a life with each other having fallen for each other. Most of this book was about them setting up home together which I found painfully slow I’m afraid. It was nice to see them working towards a future together but apart from some sexual scenes, placed I felt to add some pizazz to the story, it wasn’t until the drama with Jahnee that the book started to capture my attention. When Jahnee’s character came into being, the story took a sinister turn but even this wasn’t used to its full advantage and scenes which could have been more drawn out to add drama and an edginess to the story were all too simply skipped over.

4 Star Review: Saint (Boston Underworld, #4) by A. Zavarelli

Friday 5 May 2017 No comments
Saint (Boston Underworld, #4)Saint by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great instalment in the Boston Underworld series.

Having read the other books I was interested to see how I'd enjoy the audio version and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Normally, books with accents don't carry across into audio very well, and books with Scottish accents often end up more Russian but this narrator held the Irish lilt perfectly. That said, I think I would have preferred to have read this book due to it's gritty and violent nature but that's just my personal preference and in no way detracts from the audio version.

I'm not sure that I was a fan of Scarlett in this book that is until we start to realise who made her the way she is today. She's one violent cookie though and her violent streak, in part, is what attracts Rory to her but he also sees her vulnerability and decides that he will be the man to save her. Rory was a dream of a character though and I loved his story.

Storm and Booker added an interesting mix into this storyline and I am left wondering if we will get more from this delicious duo in the future.

All of the usual gang are present in this instalment and the syndicate family is continually reinforced throughout the book. Yes, they are Mafia but they are all so loveable that you put aside their hard edges in order to welcome them into your hearts.


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Review: The Tutor

Sunday 23 April 2017 No comments
The Tutor The Tutor by K.D. Grace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was definitely the something different that I was looking for. Love this story and it took sexy to a whole new level!

You know with KD Grace to expect the unexpected and The Tutor definitely carries on in the same vein. From a gorgeous cover, which immediately attracted my attention, came a story like no other. Seeing that one of the characters in this book suffers from haphephobia, following a childhood trauma, I couldn't wait to experience just how the two main protagonists would work around this condition.

Kelly Blake is a writer and moonlights as a sex tutor. Having helped many people understand the complexities of sex and all that it entails, she finds herself drawn in to help sculptor, Alexander "Lex" Valentine, who finds himself unable to touch or be touched by anyone without being sick or passing out. At his PA's insistence, Lex agrees to meet with Kelly and although drawn to her, he struggles to see how she can help his condition, without making matters worse. Despite a hesitant start, Lex soon finds that there are other ways to be with Kelly without actually being with Kelly.

Their working relationship and tentative friendship initially struggles but a public grand gesture by Lex makes Kelly's future take a dramatic turn as she finds herself living with Lex in order to escape the paparazzi. With an unbreakable bond, the duo start to find ways of helping each other and to alleviate their mutual sexual tension. Lex starts to trust Kelly and in doing so finds himself able to get closer to her until he forces himself to make contact with her, albeit briefly, and before he's violently sick.

I really enjoyed the voyage of self-exploration that Lex and Kelly find themselves on. They have both suffered in their pasts but Lex more so as he tries to find the answers that his nightmares are trying to direct him towards.

As expected with KD Grace's books, the sexual encounters are not of the norm but no less expressive or fulfilling for readers. Despite not touching each other, the emotions and sexual encounters experienced were extremely erotic and beautiful and readers will definitely feel the power of sight over touch.

This is definitely a recommended read if you're looking for something a little different.

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5 Star Review: A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1) by Freya Barker

Monday 10 April 2017 No comments
A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1)A Change in Tide by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another wonderfully poignant story by Freya Barker.

With an overall more timid but no less thought-provoking feel to it, A Change in Tide carries readers along a wave of emotion as you experience Mia’s struggles with PTSD and the daily, painful reminders of the life she once lived.

When ex-hockey star Jared moves into a lakeside house, he does so in the hope that following his retirement from the sport that he loved, he’ll be afforded the space and tranquillity to reflect on his future. Jared’s has lived his life to the fullest with fame, money and women aplenty but now he finds himself wanting something totally different out of life and new neighbour, Mia, unwittingly holds the key to his future.

Review: Dead Bodies Everywhere

Dead Bodies Everywhere Dead Bodies Everywhere by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We’re back in Winchester but for once, life for Nicki isn’t a bed of roses!

I love this series with a passion and could re-read each instalment again and again. Nicki Sosebee is a larger than life character and her free loving attitude towards men may at times have been extreme but her love for Sean anchors her in her times of need, and boy does she have her fair share of them! Despite being on book #11, I find myself still wanting more from this amazing series and with so many questions still left unanswered, I hope that readers don't have to wait long to get to the bottom of them.

SPOILER Still separated from Sean *insert sobbing here*, and recovering from her brief time dating Hunter, Nicki is still crashing with her friend Brandy and her once fun-filled life now seems in tatters as she finds herself clinging on to the things that one meant the most to her. Lost in her own life story, Nicki feels isolated and alone, especially without her Sean and her Napoli family by her side.

Whilst still working for the Tribune, and late evenings at a local pharmacy, Nicki continues to juggle her investigations alongside earning a living and in doing so, uncovers yet more sordid revelations from the underbelly of society but this time multiple dead bodies are involved.

Having struggled to uncover any links to the meth business, and previous prostitution ring, and to link them to Cecil Montgomery, Nicki continues to uncover yet more evidence which shows that corruption in the town she loves is rife. From police corruption *is he or isn’t he - Det. Nathan Wright???* and with half of the town owned by Cecil Montgomery, it starts to look like Nicki’s digging is beginning to pay off but is what she is uncovering the reasons behind why the bodies are stacking up? Now assigned to reporting the crime news for the paper, Nicki has a front row seat as the identities of the bodies are revealed and a sinister message is unveiled.

Nicki continues to work with investigative blogger, Janice Beaker, and together they try to piece together the evidence they uncover but as suspected, each turn they make seems to lead to Cecil Montgomery. Sean continues to assist Nicki but even he starts to feel the pressure of what they are uncovering and the once intrepid duo are together becoming overly prominent in the eyes of the wrong people.

With every instalment, my heart breaks a little more for Jesse. Head over heels in love with Nicki, he tries to find a girl to help him to move on from his feelings for her but when it looks like he’s finally found someone to care for him, he once again finds himself spurned.

So, will Nicki tie any of these crimes to Cecil Montgomery? Will she ever find out who Blackie is? Will she end up with Sean or Jesse? Has Nicki endangered herself and Sean by continuing with her investigations? And, WTH ever happened to Carlos? I guess only time will tell! END SPOILER

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5 Stars Review: Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites #1) by Avery Aster

Monday 3 April 2017 No comments
Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites, #1)Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC provided courtesy of Avery Aster in return for an honest review.

Who wouldn't love this book. It has a big daddy, an anaconda and vajazzling and no I've not been drinking and mixing up my porn and wildlife programmes!!!

Set in a world of fashion and high end living, this book quickly sweeps you along into a lifestyle most could only dream off. Taddy Brill is a stunning wealthy socialite and add in Warner Truman, with the physique of an American footballer, and the scene is set for a hot, sexy, dirty and above all else, loveable storyline. Both self-made millionaires, they work hard and play even harder.

The supporting cast is fabulous especially Kiki, Taddy's Mormon executive assistant who's naivety and innocence results in extremely entertaining situations.

Taddy’s besties come in the form of Vive, Lex and Blake all of whom have an interesting story to tell in their own right. I’d love to explore a relationship between Vive and Warner’s brother, Sheldon. Now that would be explosive!!!! Although, books could spin off from any of the supporting cast as they are all equally delicious.

This book takes you from Manhattan to St Barth’s and the South of France for the Cannes film festival so hold on to your seats, sip your champagne and enjoy the ride.

If you love your erotic romance mixed with humour and a splash of quirkiness then this book is for you.

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2 Star Review: Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster

Wednesday 29 March 2017 No comments
Unsaid (The Manhattanites, #3)Unsaid by Avery Aster
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After reading and loving XO, Blake and the rest of the Manhattanites and Undergrad Years series from Avery Aster, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Unsaid. With Blake at the helm of this book, I was expecting an explosiveness that only he and Miguel could cook up after years of ignoring their feelings for one another.

Now freshly divorced, but still carrying around the baggage Diego so kindly bestowed upon him, Blake is reluctant to move on with his life romantically, that is until his friends step in. With Thor and Vive plotting and planning what could go wrong? But it's the plan which proves to be the downfall in this story as Miguel steps in to be the Dom to service Blake and his Seven Desires.

I loved the connection between Blake and Miguel but this story took their connection to a whole new level as BDSM/erotic activities set precedence over their emotions as Miguel willingly punishes Blake both for personal reasons and also to meet the demands of his seven desires. Miguel, still feeling rejected by Blake, questions whether he is the man, or the Dom, to fulfil Blake's desires. Mostly written in jest, Blake suddenly realises that Thor and Vive have set the seven desires in motion.

For me this is where the story turned a corner that it couldn't return from. I have read and enjoyed BDSM themed books and erotica but in order to be a success they have to be carefully balanced in order to avoid going down a path which loses the emotional or romantic depth of the book and that's exactly what happened here. The themes, which we were forewarned about at the start of the book do actually take place, so if they are likely to offend you don't read the book. For me, whilst taking Blake a step nearer to Miguel and a possible lifelong romantic connection, they completely spoiled the book and the story. I hate to say it but I loathed the storyline mapped out for Blake and Miguel. For two fun loving characters, ok albeit one being a Dom, the scenes were completely unnecessary and not what I was looking for in this series. I hoped that the fisting, golden shower and other bodily fluid exchanges would be inferred rather than graphically portrayed but sadly I was wrong and they simply did not sit right with the story or the series to date, in my opinion. This isn't a criticism of the book or the author, I'm simply stating that this story just wasn't for me. The fun loving characters were lost and the future of the series was darkened and possibly irreparable for me.

There were highs in this story and it picked up its pace when Miguel, Blake and Diego came together but it was over too quickly as we finally got answers to what Diego had done to cause Blake's anxiety. We also had plenty of Lex, Vive, Thor, and Taddy in this book as they strangely all had a story to tell despite this being primarily Blake's book. I have to agree with other reviewers though, I couldn't see how you could read this story without having read the preceding books despite the character cast list at the start of the book.

So, Blake's story has been told and despite my intention not to finish this book, I made it to the end and whilst the unsavoury scenes spoiled the book for me, I got to enjoy the rest of the cast as they continue to experience life as only they can!

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4 Star Review: Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5) by Freya Barker

Tuesday 28 March 2017 No comments
Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5)Shutter Speed by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This prequel sets the scene nicely for what is to come from the Snapshot series.

I love that Isla is a REAL person and not a glossed up character. With her, what you see if what you get. That said, she has personality in bucket loads and that compliments Ben's quiet, broody personality perfectly.

I can't wait to read Freeze Frame.


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5 Star Review: Undressed (The Manhattanites #2) by Avery Aster

Sunday 26 March 2017 No comments
Undressed (The Manhattanites, #2)Undressed by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great read from Avery Aster in the Manhattanites series. The story was hot, hot, hot with a side serving of naughtiness.

Based around Lex Easton, daughter of the late rock God Eddie Easton, Lex and her crazy mother Birdie try to create a success of their fashion business Easton Essentials. The only problem, they need a certain Prince to be amenable with the Girasoli fabrics Lex needs for her fashion show. Following a trip to Italy,Lex meets Masi, the man she named her vibrator after. After an initial naked meeting with the Prince she falls fast and hard for his "charms" and sets about seducing him, and securing the fabric she desperately needs.

The supporting cast in the form of Jemma, Luigi and Rocco provides the menage entertainment for those liking for some additional steaminess.

This romance/erotic romance is only suitable for mature readers who revel in feeding their smuttiness alongside their romance.

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Review: Autumn's Rise

Friday 10 March 2017 No comments
Autumn's Rise Autumn's Rise by R.G. Corr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was blown away by this story. It had depth, complex emotional issues and memorable characters - I adored it!

Despite some initial hesitancy at the outset of this book, specifically in the vague way that the story commenced, I found myself quickly emerged within the lives of these endearing characters and their captivating and emotive stories. This is one of those books which slowly reveals its secrets to you with the turn of every page.

From the start, it was unclear why Autumn was leaving her family home and why Brent McCann played a part in her decision. The story then moves on into Auty’s new life living alongside new friends, Jack and Bea, who quickly realise that Auty is holding secrets from her past deep within her. Whilst Auty is happy in her new life, she remains closed off but with the support of those who have come to love her, she is now cherished and protected.

Auty’s life is simple until she sets eyes on mysterious surfer Zed and his friend Reid. Both friends of her boss, the enigmatic duo cause Auty’s protective walls to crumble thus weakening her resolve where men are concerned. Auty sees something in Zed’s eyes that draws her, unexpectedly, to him. He too is broken and is wearing the emotional scars for all to see, if only people took the time to notice, as Auty does. Despite an unfortunate first encounter, it’s not long before they start to see the best in each other.

Zed may possibly have been the finest looking man my eyes had eyes had the pleasure of resting on, but he was the most abrupt, pompous twat my ears have ever had the displeasure of listening too.

Zed turns out to be Bea’s cousin and through their mutual connection, Zed and Auty start to be a frequent, but pleasant, presence in each other's lives. Despite Auty’s resistance, and firm no dating rule, Zed is not dissuaded by her rebuttals and slowly but surely lets her into his heart and in doing so places himself firmly in hers.

As the story progresses, more secrets from both Auty and Zed are revealed. There are challenges along the way especially when friends misplace their intentions towards Zed and Auty but with time, and patience, Zed and Auty start to find comfort in each other’s company.

Despite a slow and steady start to this book, once Zed and Reid arrive on the scene and the layers of both Auty and Zed are peeled away, and their mutual pain is revealed, this story held me with an unrelenting grip. The secrets uncovered are hard to digest but cathartic to Zed and Auty as they start open up to one another. The writing style by RG Corr is strong and her storytelling skills have definitely won me over. I can’t wait to read on and to get my hands on Reid’s story.

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Review: Rooke

Rooke Rooke by Callie Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another soul-stirring story by Callie Hart and one which has left me with an everlasting fondness for Rooke.

Blending together two very different character’s lives, this book manages to open the doors to a love affair which ordinarily would have remained firmly shut. Sasha’s past is horrific and almost impossible to appreciate but Rooke seems to hold the key to unlocking her future.

Rooke could have had it all and yet he chose to become a criminal at a young age and having spent time in juvie, still finds himself balanced on a knife-edge where the law is concerned. Not wanting the financial support offered to him by his family, he continues to boost cars. Sasha thought she had a perfect life, married with a beautiful son, that is until life dealt her the cruellest of cards when her son is killed in heartbreaking circumstances. Now working as a curator at a museum, she lives a simple life supported by her friends but it’s a life in which she endures relentless pain and suffering.

Whilst years younger than Sasha, Rooke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her and when he uncovers her past, his feelings for her become cemented in his heart. After initially bumping into each other at the museum, Rooke finds a way to ingratiate himself into her life, thanks to a romance novel of all things. Rooke uses his relentless charms and sweet and endearing ways to make Sasha realise that they are destined to be together. Despite living in the shadow of her past, Sasha enters into a physical relationship with Rooke but as their feelings grow for one another, they find themselves embroiled in danger as Rooke’s illegal activities puts both of their lives in peril.

There’s a darkness inside him. The night owns him, or at least it owns a decent sized chunk of him. There will always be a side to him that needs rebellion and destruction. The real question is, can I accept that?

Whilst this story still captures the familiar essence that we love about Callie Hart’s writing style and it even resurrects a ghost from works past, we find ourselves stepping into an overall more emotive storyline with Rooke at the helm. Yes, there is danger and violence around every corner, something we’ve come to love from Callie Hart’s books, but on the flip-side, we find ourselves in uncharted waters thanks to Rooke’s almost unbelievable saccharinity.

I cried at the start of this book and wondered what was going to befall me from there on in. From Sasha’s devastating loss, to what her ex-husband, Andrew, puts her through as an ongoing torturous reminder that she lived when their son died, this book will send you free-falling into a spiral of emotions.

Whilst I loved Rooke and the developing relationship with Sasha, I felt that something was missing from this book but for the life of me, I can’t put into words what it was. I didn’t mind the age gap, although Rooke’s maturity at times seemed a little too good to be true. However, I did find the scene at the museum a little strange and unexpected and almost at odds with the overall storyline. Maybe I was expecting the danger to be connected to Rooke, but what was written just seemed a little too random. I did love the ending, though, for all of the right reasons, as Rooke unexpectedly finds that the person he least expected to have his back was there for him all along.

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4 Star Review: The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley

Thursday 9 March 2017 No comments
The Deep End (Honey, #1)The Deep End by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'll be honest, I started this book with trepidation but I can honestly say that I did enjoy the story, especially Amelie and Olivier's connection and their special story and bond.

I love all of KA's books but surprisingly, this is the first that I've actually "read"; being an Audible fan of KA's work up to now. What I dislike with a passion though is BDSM themed books and so this was going to be a real challenge for me to read and, even more so, to enjoy but I put my trust in KA and I'm glad that I did.

Review: Ruckus

Monday 27 February 2017 No comments
Ruckus Ruckus by L.J. Shen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The HotHoles are back with Dean & Rosie’s story!

There is something so questionable about these characters and yet I am still drawn to them. Vicious lived up to his name and now it’s time to find out if Ruckus lives up to his.

With the story going back and forth over the span of approx. 11 years, we get to see the early interactions between Rosie and Dean, Dean’s subsequent relationship with Rose’s sister, Millie, and now, in the present day, what life is like for Rosie and Dean living under the same roof but at the same time emotionally miles apart.

Rosie is still battling her illness and despite her parents’ wishes she is determined to maintain her independence and to continue living in New York. Dean’s pursual of her is relentless and appears purely sexual and it’s something that just makes Rosie dislike him even more. Yes, her heart has belonged to him since they were young, but now she sees him for what he is and that’s a manwhore.

Dean being Dean continues to do what he does best and that’s drink, drugs and sex but at the same time, continues try to make Rosie realise that they were destined to be together. Not without his own fare share of problems in this book, Dean hides his pain and suffering behind his bravado and when things get really dark for him, there’s only one person to save him from his suffering but in return can he save Rosie from her life shortening illness?

Despite waiting ever so patiently to get my hands on Ruckus I found that Dean’s story fell a little flat for me. I found myself skimming over large parts of his story and only really enjoying the book when Dean and Rosie spend time together and that's when the story comes alive. Their connection, although initially tentative, soon becomes all consuming though and as their story progresses, I did find myself enjoying the book a little more. I just couldn’t connect with Dean overall though, sadly. I also did not enjoy the story swinging back a forth over the years as this came across a little unnecessary, and at times, repetitive. The first few pages of the book, and in particular LJ Shen’s penmanship, blew me away but sadly even her wonderful writing style did not heighten my enjoyment on this occasion. That said, the epilogue was particularly poignant and at least I finished the story on a high note.

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Review: Kept from You

Kept from You Kept from You by Nashoda Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Killian Kane aka “Kite” is finally here and he’s more than ready to use his Irish brogue to charm readers into submission.

I knew Kite’s story would pull on my heartstrings but I still wasn’t prepared for the emotional turbulence that came with Kept From You. We know Kite as the mysterious drummer from Tear Asunder and as you read this book you, quickly come to realise that his life is a lot more troubled than we could ever have expected.

Kite’s story starts at school and with a girl who makes him question who he is. Savvy is the type of girl who sees only the good in everyone, especially the angry teenager, Kite. After Sculpt asks her to help at an underground fight, Savvy finds herself drawn to Kite and his brooding ways. Despite Kite’s initial resistance, he too is finding it difficult to keep away from Savvy but despite his attraction to her, he can only allow himself to watch her from a distance.

Years later and Savvy scams her way into a Tear Asunder gig with a forged backstage pass. With her life in tatters thanks to her ex, she needs Kite’s help in order to secure a job as a dancer at Brett’s club, Compass. When Kite realizes who she is, though, and more importantly what she wants from him, he quickly stops her in her tracks. Knowing that he couldn't bear to witness other men watching her dance, he thinks that will be the last time he sees her but with her unrivaled determination, Savvy s won’t be stopped from getting what she wants. After hijacking a dance cage at Compass, she finally manages to get a job but it comes at a price, and that’s the wrath of Kite.

Despite trying his damnedest to distance himself from Savvy, everyone close to Kite quickly comes to realise that Savvy may just be the girl to save him from himself, and more importantly, his tragic past. He soon finds, however, that Savvy may be the most infuriating woman he has ever met and despite trying to improve her life, Savvy is keen to keep her independence.

I loved the interaction between Savvy and Kite. Savvy is quiet yet fierce in her single-mindedness when it comes to her dancing and her feelings for Kite, and yet Kite, despite having been in love with her his whole life, still feels that he is not good enough for her. As is always the case with this series, when Kite and Savvy do start spending time together, and Kite’s wounds start healing, there is always someone ready to break the lovers apart.

Kite’s story is told over three timeframes. Starting from the time Kite and Savvy spend together at school up to the present day, we also get to witness Kite as a young lad living in Ireland with his family. It was the story portrayed whilst in Ireland which packed the most emotion as we get to see who has caused Kite to become the broken man that he is today. At first, I wondered in the necessity to add this additional timeframe to the story but as you read on, it all becomes painfully clear.

It looks like the next story is going to focus on the loveable rogue, Trevor. Trevor is Savvy’s neighbour and a total man whore but when it comes to Savvy, he clearly demonstrates in this book that he will go to the ends of the earth to protect her. I can’t wait!

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

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