5 Star Review: Crew by Tijan

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 No comments

Crew (Crew #1) by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book nearly broke me. Literally. 

At first, I had a love/hate relationship with it. I wasn’t sure how or if I would relate to Bren, having experienced her almost childish ways from Channing’s perspective. Then we meet her. I mean, we really meet her. We see what makes her tick, why she carries a knife, why she joined her crew, why her relationship with Channing is so fragile, why she relies on Cross, and why she became the Bren she is today. I cried for her when she couldn’t shed the tears herself. I wanted to fight with her, for the future she lost thanks to her father. And, I wanted to protect her, from herself and those intent on causing her harm.

This book really had it all. Yes, the crew life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and yes, the whole book is set around Bren and her crew but it is so much more than just violence and scrapping. The story shows how four dysfunctional people became friends and why their loyalty to each other means more than life itself. 

This book is poignant and heartbreaking in the way the story is portrayed. I was frustrated with the characters at times but that just made me more invested in the storyline. I really disagreed with Cross’s decision to put retribution before Bren towards the end of the story, and that point had me almost tearing my hair out but then I realised, these are young people shaped in a way that is different to most. They draw their strength from each other and could quite possibly fall apart without each other.

Monday, 18 March 2019 No comments

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I feel like these characters are now part of my family. When I'm in a book funk I just know that picking up a book in this series will put me right. 

O'Doul has been a bit of a shy and retiring character to date. Yes, he's an enforcer on the ice but off the ice, he's more of a recluse and being one of the older players, lives life at a more sedate pace. 

When his injuries start to become more than a nigglesome pain, he is forced to seek the care and attention of team massage therapist, Ariana or Ari. O'Doul doesn't like to be touched and struggles to settle when Ari is working on him but he respects her as a person and tries to do what his team expects of him. 

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 No comments


I can’t get enough of Sawyer Bennett’s books and this baby will no doubt set the scene nicely for another amazing series 💋 ⁣
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Years ago, they were in love. She was an up-and-coming superstar and he was the devilishly handsome security professional hired to keep her safe. They fell hard and fast, no matter how they tried to resist one another. But not everyone around them was happy about their relationship, and a string of lies and deceit destroyed what they once had. ⁣
Having just taken the helm of a nationally renowned protective services company, Kynan McGrath is looking to rebrand and revamp his career. The newly crowned Jameson Force Security is moving from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to the mountainous steel town of Pittsburgh, and the last thing Kynan has time for is to deal with his past. ⁣
More than a decade has passed since their split, but even a bruised and battered heart remembers its first love. So when Joslyn Meyers comes to him for help, Kynan reluctantly agrees to keep her safe from a terrifying stalker who keeps threatening her life. ⁣
As the danger they face continues to intensify, Kynan realizes he’ll stop at nothing to protect the woman who turned her back on him all those years ago. Because one thing is certain—no matter how hard he tries to convince himself otherwise, Joslyn still has his heart.⁣
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4 Star Review: Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Liegh

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 No comments

Cruel Sanctuary (Wages of Sin Duet #1) by Tara Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Talk about twists and turns, violence and romance, this story had it all. Damon King is your quintessential bad boy who uses his criminal activities for the greater good.

The darling daughter of a politician who is determined to bring one particular Mexican cartel under control, Aislinn's father he does what he does whether Aislinn likes it or not. When her father's recent dealings are about to become public and are likely to put an end to his mayoral ambitions, Aislinn decides that she can no longer support her father’s endeavours, especially when they place her directly in harm's way. Enter Damon King. Tasked with protecting Aislinn, little does she know that he has been watching over her most of her life, for reasons which will become known. Aislinn doesn’t want Damon’s protection and doesn’t appreciate how endangered her life is but Damon is not about to take no for answer where Aislinn’s safety is concerned.

Damon does what Damon thinks is the best thing and he promptly locks Aislinn up in his apartment but little does he know some of the past which haunts Aislinn’s future. With time, frustrations and a little patience, Damon and Aislinn start to understand each other’s mindset and despite the ever-present danger, they unwittingly start to fall for each other.

With friends now foes and right turning out to be wrong, Aislinn finds herself buried deep in the battle between her father and the Los Muertos cartel. Despite Damon’s presence, Aislinn becomes involved in two deaths, both of which could have been her own. Damon, fearful for her life, steps up her security but little does he know, the biggest threat to Aislinn is the most innocent one imaginable.

This story had me questioning right from wrong and running to keep up with its fast pace. With just a mere second of distraction, you can find yourself missing a vital piece of the complicated puzzle that is the Wages of Sin Duet. The beautiful words may lull you into believing this is a sweet romance but the darkness quickly overpowers the poetic nature of the story. There is definitely more to come from Damon and Aislinn’s story, apart from the obvious, especially when factoring other characters and revelations which will leave you intrigued and with more questions than answers. Damon is not what I would look for in a book hero and yet his bruskness is also endearing and I suspect his character will start to soften thanks to his involvement with Aislinn. My only slight reservation was that the story may have been a little too wordy. There are so many definitions of Damon that I felt that I’d highlighted half of the book. That said, the storyline was captivating and thoroughly fascinating.

As expected, the book pauses on a cliff-hanger leaving readers bereft of answers but fear not, Corrupt Saviour is waiting around the corner.

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

Wages of Sin Dual Cover Reveal

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4 Star Review: Sin of Love by LM Halloran



Sin of Love (Illusions Duet #2) by LM Halloran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The exciting conclusion to Art of Sin in the Illusions Duet.

As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of LM Halloran’s writing. Art of Sin had me in a spin and I read it non-stop. The pause at the end of the first part of the duet was both timely and also frustrating but fortunately, readers don’t have long to wait before the second instalment releases.

Gideon and Deirdre’s story in Art of Sin was explosive and with Deirdre’s past revealed and her secrets coming back to life, Sin of Love was set to be as captivating as book 1.

With Deirdre trying to finally put a stop to the horrors that haunted her early life, Gideon finds his life spiralling out of control. The love he has for Deirdre is all-consuming but for some reason, it wasn’t enough but with time and patience, he comes to realise that he has to find a way back from the brink before it is too late.

Release Blitz: The Illusions Duet by LM Halloran

Thursday, 7 March 2019 No comments


Title: Art of Sin
Series: Illusions Duet #1
Author: L.M. Halloran
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 7, 2019



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5 Star Review: The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 No comments



The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

Boy does Elle Kennedy know how to satisfy me *cough*, in a literal sense. The characters, storylines, genres and tropes that she develops just tick all of my bookish sensibilities.

The Risk centres around Jake Connelly, the Harvard hockey captain, and his love interest, Brenna Jenson who happens to be the daughter of Briar University hockey team coach and also Jake’s team’s closest rivals. I was intrigued as to how Elle Kennedy would play match-maker with these two conflicting characters and the idea of a fake relationship was perfect. 

Thursday, 28 February 2019 No comments

5 Star Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews




Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is one of the best that I have ever read. Yes, there are some weird and wonderful creatures added to the storyline which some may think are a step too far from the norm, but despite this, the storyline and the way Kate Daniels managed to bring everyone together to fight for the common good was a real treat to behold. The books have their own special blend of humour, entertainment and romance. The romantic pairings are loveable and you can't help to hold them in a special place in your heart. 

As expected, the Roland storyline has reached its conclusion. Added into the mix this time is a dragon with the power to bring the whole of Atlanta to its knees. With Kate's magical powers growing day by day she is now a feared adversary but for Neig, she is merely a means to an end. 

The conclusion to the story, and series, provides readers with one of the most epic scenes to date and I must admit to holding my breath for all of the characters we have come to love. 

I did cry at the end of the book, the series, and for everything that the author has given readers to date. It may be the end but Kate Daniels will never die. 

5+++ Star Review: Art of Sin by LM Halloran

Monday, 18 February 2019 No comments



Art of Sin (Illusions Duet) by LM Halloran
My rating: 5+++ of 5 stars

I always have insanely high expectations when it comes to LM Halloran’s books. From my first taste of her writing in Breaking Giants, I knew I’d finally found an author who, unwittingly, ticked all of my boxes when it comes to my reading sensibilities. Knowing that I had put the author on an almost insurmountable pedestal, I tentatively read another of her works. This next book was also like a breath of fresh air and I realised that she was most definitely not a one trick pony. With each subsequent book, I found myself savouring each and every word the author had written, even in genres and tropes that I tend to avoid.

When I heard about, and read the synopsis for, the Illusions Duet, I knew the story was bound to be another resounding success. When I read the first chapter in the author’s reader group, I was left in a state of unrest awaiting the anticipated review copy to arrive in my inbox.

From the start of the book, I did something very rare for me. I read the book non-stop cover to cover. I am not a patient person and can easily become sidetracked but surprisingly, I found myself 100% entranced by the characters and the storyline.

4 Star Review: Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Friday, 15 February 2019 No comments



Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This really was a book of two halves. 

From being excited to read it to then feeling that it was slightly too familiar to certain other well-known stories, suddenly something, probably Theo, locked onto me and was not prepared to let me go (or maybe it was the other way around!). 


Theo’s back story is similar to a certain other well-known alpha male but at the same time, it’s totally different in a way that I found more thought-provoking and genuine. I could sympathise with Theo and his behaviour, despite him being a ticking time bomb 99% of the time in a way that I never could with CG. I hate comparing the two characters but that’s what the book made me do, at first. 


Having read the first quarter of the book, I’ll admit to being tempted to move on to something else. The story was initially difficult to get into and it felt too predictable thus spoiling my enjoyment and my much-needed feeling of suspense/drama/intrigue. Then, the story seemed to do an about turn. The theme remained unchanged but something clicked and before I knew it, I was 100% invested in the story and its characters.

New Release: Legend (Arizona Vengeance, Book #3) Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 No comments

  Legend (Arizona Vengeance, Book #3)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: February 5, 2019


Synopsis:

The Arizona Vengeance is hockey’s hottest new team. But hockey’s hottest goalie is learning that even the best players sometimes need an assist.

Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

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New Release: Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Monday, 4 February 2019 No comments
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In the tradition of The Protector, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series delivers a steamy, suspenseful new standalone romance about a British alpha hero and the one woman who may be able to save him-as long as he can protect her from his dark past.
Gentleman Sinner, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas, is live!
 
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Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she's so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she's been so desperate to avoid.
 
When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can't help thinking she's been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane's notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he's tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.
 
As Theo's demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.
 
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Friday, 25 January 2019 No comments



THE MISTER, the highly anticipated new love story from
#1
New York Times bestseller E L James, is coming April 16th!

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About THE MISTER

London, 2019.  Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? And can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.
  

New Series Reveal by Sawyer Bennett

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 No comments



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This May, join the alpha males of Jameson Force Security as they do the dirty jobs no one else wants to do. Kynan McGrath leads the charge in this Wicked Horse Vegas spin off series, featuring former military special forces doing what they do best...whatever it takes to get the job done. Rescues, protection services, undercover and covert military operations, espionage, surveillance--the darker, the dirtier, the more dangerous, the better.

But that doesn't mean it's all work and no play for the Jameson team. Sometimes the most dangerous situations are matters of the heart. And as Kynan McGrath is about to learn, a second chance at love can change everything.

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5 Star Review: Legend by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 No comments



Legend by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adore this series and these hockey stars. Each player has a unique story to tell and with each subsequent book, I find myself becoming even more captivated by the Arizona Vengeance.

I was completely surprised by the direction that Legend’s story took. I expected a heated will-they/won’t-they romance between Legend and his plastic-pink-flamingo-loving neighbour, Pepper, but I couldn’t have foreseen a story involving an unexpected baby. 

When Legend finds a baby on his doorstep he is stunned but immediately steps up as a father. Having only known the baby’s mother for a short time, he is shocked when he realises that he had left her pregnant and alone. Not knowing what to do with the baby, Legend turns to his frustrating but gorgeous neighbour, Pepper, who immediately steps up without fuss. It doesn’t take long before both Legend and Pepper find themselves jointly raising little Charlie and bonding over Charlie results in them becoming romantically involved. 

As expected in all good romance stories, it’s not long before drama hits as Charlie’s mother arrives on the scene and suddenly, Legend, Pepper and Charlie find their new life at risk as Charlie’s mother wants her baby back. 

The ongoing characters and team story continues in the background of this book and, as expected, they welcome Charlie into their lives with love and gifts. 

There is an underlying sadness which continues in this story and that relates to Tacker’s emotional state of mind as he continues to struggle on after the death of his fiancee. Despite crying out for Tacker’s story, the next book will be Dax’s and I can’t wait to read it. 

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





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Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie is LIVE!!!

Thursday, 17 January 2019 No comments


💗 The contemporary romance series about wealthy families & the hot bodyguards that protect them continues with Tangled Like Us 
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 No comments

5+++ Star Review: Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

Thursday, 10 January 2019 No comments


This book stole my heart. It’s one of the best rockstar romance books that I have EVER read.

The title sang to me. Reading it wasn’t a requirement it was a necessity and now its presence has left an indelible mark deep within me.

Alex is so perfectly complicated and literally came alive in front of my eyes. I suspect some readers will struggle with Alex's self-destructive personality, the way he sees the world and the way he reacts to the pressures he faces, but I see a brilliant artist who struggles on a daily basis to be accepted and to accept those around him.

New Release: Faking It by K Bromberg

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 No comments


Faking It never felt so good in this red-hot new standalone by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg--available now!


Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn't surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it. Now I find out he's a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview.

Yes, he's impossibly hot - but he's also an arrogant jackass - so...no thanks.

But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I'm somehow offered the chance to play Zane's girlfriend to help promote his new dating website - and the best part? He can't say no because he'll get caught in his lie, too.

Little did I know this would entail sharing a tour bus with him for the next few months. The fact that the bus has just one bed isn't the most ideal of circumstances, but this spokesperson gig might be the kick in the pants my career needs, so why not take a chance?

Famous last words.

Now I'm crisscrossing the country - and sharing that bed - with the one guy I can't stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it's like to be down under the gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion...and if I'm not careful, I might end up believing that fairy tales really do come true.

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4 Star Review: Burning for Autumn by Freya Barker

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 1 comment



Burning for Autumn by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fascinating and captivating story by Freya Barker. I loved the blend of suspense and romance this story offers readers and even without having read any of Susan Stoker’s books, I felt that I was able to fully immerse myself in the story and the characters.

The lead characters are thrown together by circumstance and are linked indirectly by their pressurised careers. Keith is a temporary Police Chief and Autumn is a burns unit employee who is on a fixed term contract in the town. They first meet in a bar and although Autumn is immediately attracted to the brooding Keith, she cannot foresee how their paths will become inextricably intertwined when the arsonist case that Keith is working on crosses over into Autumn’s professional and personal life.

Whilst the case Keith is investigating draws readers into a multi-faceted mystery with distressing and disturbing outcomes, it’s the romance that develops between Keith and Autumn which is even more engaging as Autumn finds herself drawn to Keith on many levels despite her trying to resist his charms.

I especially loved the side characters to this story and I can’t wait to read Luna’s contribution to the series.

This was another highly recommended book from a well-versed and must-read author.

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

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4 Star Review: Wicked Knight by Sawyer Bennett



Wicked Knight (Wicked Horse Vegas #5)
by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sawyer Bennett has a real talent for leaving her readers satisfied and yet wanting more. Am I ready to say goodbye to the Wicked Horse Vegas series? Hell no, and yet I feel oddly contented that I’ve experienced all that this series has had to offer.

Asher’s story was just what I was looking for and offers readers the perfect mix of romance and naughtiness. I loved that Asher’s love interest was his cleaner and that she had an abundance of confidence and sass. Hannah’s first word in the story was “fuck” and that summed up her character perfectly.

Although Asher was only looking for a partner for one night at his sex club, and perhaps the way he blackmailed persuaded Hannah into going along with him would make a Puritan’s head spin, for me that was just what I would expect from a dominant alpha male in a Sawyer Bennett book. From the minute Hannah broke Asher’s £75k vase, her future was irrevocably tied to his.
Look up the word “gorgeous” in the dictionary… there’d be a picture of Asher Knight. Put “gorgeous” in any online thesaurus, and all that would pop up would be picture after picture of the man.
Hannah is not without her fair share of problems. With an uncompromising ex who has primary custody of their daughter, Hannah works three jobs just so she can save enough to challenge the residency agreement. With that in mind, Hannah has no option but to accept Asher’s offers, although spending time around a man like Asher was never going to be a hardship for Hannah. Time together at the club soon turns into time together in Asher’s apartment and before long Asher is conflicted over his feelings for Hannah. She is everything that he wants in a woman, despite having a young daughter in tow.

Even though she is paid well to look after Asher’s every need, Hannah wants more from life and a respectable job is what she is aiming for especially if she has any chance of getting custody of Hope. What Hannah doesn’t expect is for Asher to become her Knight in every sense of the word as he steps in to help Hannah to get her daughter back from her ex. Asher is determined in all aspects of his life and will do everything in his power to make her happy, even if that means sacrificing his time with Hannah so she can spend more time with her daughter.

Hannah has one more secret that she is yet to share with Asher and it's one that he has difficulty coming to terms with when he finally finds out. Is Asher’s past about to rear its ugly head again and if so, would he be able to survive the pain again?

This was such a poignant story on so many levels. Yes, essentially it’s about a kink cub but as with all of the books in this series, the characters make the story so much more. I loved little Hope’s contribution to the story as much as I enjoyed Asher and Hannah’s exploits. As with all good books, readers are treated to a turbulent storyline which pulls on your heartstrings just before giving you that seemingly elusive HEA. My only slight reservation about this book was that the author once again glossed over aspects of the story which could have made the book even more rounded and complete and this left me feeling disheartened for what could have been an even greater read. That said, this was definitely a memorable book and the perfect conclusion to such a rewarding series.

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


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