5 Star Review: Finding Kyler

Wednesday 2 December 2020 No comments

I am fast becoming a huge fan of this author.

It's been a while since I've read a forbidden romance and I really enjoyed this one. The characters complimented each other perfectly, the brothers were all fascinating, and the storyline was gripping but what a cliff-hanger!!!

Kyler is dark, brooding and mysterious but boy does he love hard. Faye is a troubled girl from Ireland whose parents have recently died. The sparks when these two meet for the first time is off the charts but as cousins, what chance do they have at finding their HEA.

“He knows I’ve seen something in him. Something I recognize, only because it exists in me too.”

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5 Star Review: Charming Like Us

Monday 30 November 2020 No comments

I Loved it!!!

I wasn’t sure I’d like this book as much as the others as it was directly about one of the famous ones but in some ways, I enjoyed it more as there was less emotional drama. Although saying that, Charlie played quite a big part in this book so there is some drama!

I have never been a fan of the meddlesome Charlie but he had now been forgiven. I think and I’m finally starting to understand and appreciate him more. Like him? We’ll see. As always, this was an amazing story on audio and the narrators really brought the characters to life.

“What does love feel like?”

My breath heavies, my eyes veering to Oscar. His gaze already glued to me.


All I know is my love for Oscar carries me like the water. A feeling of invincibility. The patience as the ocean laps underneath my body. The anticipation as the perfect wave rolls near. The cool excitement and power as I stand up. As I ride those impossible swells, and once I’m in the barrel, all the doubts and fears wash away. Leaving a bright burst of indescribable bliss.

That is his love to me.”

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

Friday 20 November 2020 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.

He scarred me. I decorated him. But at the end of the day, we were both tainted by each other.

Controlled by “Suits”, Alex plays his management in the same way he plays his beloved Tania, with careful precision. He knows they dictate where he is to be, how he’s to behave and what is expected of him but little does he know, their control goes way beyond what he could imagine possible.

”Are you happy, Alex?”

“I’m an artist. My job is not to be happy. My job is to feel, to suffer, and to conjure the same feelings in others.”

Due to go on a world tour for three months, and needing Alex to remain sober and in control, the Suits arrange for a “nanny” to shadow his every move. That nanny is Indigo “Indie” Bellamy. Indie looks sweet and seemingly fragile enough to damage and that’s exactly what Alex sets out to do, break her and to send her home crying and into the arms of her dysfunctional family. What Alex doesn’t expect is her quiet determination to succeed and inner strength.

Like my dignity, Alex Winslow was a two-faced man. One was the cold, asshole devil he gave me now, the one who wanted me to kneel. The other was his playful, relaxed self.

With her family struggling financially, and her brother finding it difficult to overcome the loss of their parents, Indie is the glue that is holding everyone together. That glue before long is also felt by Alex as he starts to find that he needs her, if only for intimacy. What Alex doesn’t expect is for Indie to become his muse. Writing songs in a hotel corridor at midnight starts off relatively innocently enough but with Alex pressing every one of Indie’s buttons, she soon starts to waiver where her feelings for him are concerned.

Alex wanted into my pants. Lucas wanted into my life. And I wanted to get out of this tour alive and whole. Heart, body and soul.

With each tour stop, more of Alex and Indie’s personalities are revealed. In Moscow they start to get close, in London, they are practically dating, even if neither wants to accept their feelings towards one another, by Paris the sparks really start to fly but for all of the wrong reasons.

Everyone can-and does-see my scars. No exceptions. My soul is empty.

To Alex, Indie is like a shiny penny. Something that he must have, keep close and not share with anyone and that includes his bandmate Lucas, who Indie gets close to much to Alex’s annoyance. Where Indie is concerned, Alex is like a petulant child and sharing his muse is something that he's not prepared to do.

This story takes you on an atmospheric journey which captures a multitude of emotions. It’s poignant, heartbreaking, funny, sexy, and above all mesmerising and I can't recommend it strongly enough!

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

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Review: Crew

Tuesday 3 November 2020 No comments

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.

The boys are A-typical for their age group in the way they sleep around but that just makes them more loveable. That said, Cross and Bren’s connection was the complete opposite with them drawing comfort from each other’s presence way before their entanglement became romantic. The whole romance scene between them was extremely well written, thoughtful and tasteful, which I really appreciated.

I am sorry that some people didn’t connect with the story or the characters. For me, they are simply diamonds in the rough. Created from a force so great that makes them shine in their own special way.

This was an audiobook read for me and the narrator really did the story a huge justice in the way she portrayed the characters and brought the story to life. Maybe there’s a difference between the ebook and the audiobook, I don’t know. What I do know is that this story, although it started steadily, is one that will last with me for a very long time. I can’t wait to read/listen on in this series.

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Review: Front Page News

Tuesday 6 October 2020 No comments

Front Page News by Jade C Jamison (Nicki Sosebee #13)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've come out of my reviewing hiatus for Nicki Sosebee and all I can say is....


Well, we’re here, the last book in the sensational Nicki Sosebee series. It’s always sad to reach the conclusion of a long-running series and this one will be especially poignant for me.

After my rather *sorry* vocal disappointment of the preceding instalment, Wake Up, I decided to woman-up and re-read it in preparation for Front Page News, but this time, I managed to do it with an open perspective, just!

So, “the thing” happened in Wake Up, it was a big thing and it floored me but upon re-reading the story I actually managed to once again become involved in the mystery and suspense of the Nicki Sosebee series and to put aside my frustration.

The ongoing saga of whether Nicki will bring Winchester’s own crime lord and his many minions down has been the main focus of this series and her love interests have almost become a side-part of what makes Nicki, Nicki. I think I allowed myself to become too invested in wanting to see Nicki’s heart protected and somehow I lost my way with the slow burn of Nicki’s biggest story to date as it was developing. That, however, was soon corrected in Front Page News.

The start of Front Page News carries on immediately from the end of Wake Up so a re-read may be necessary if you can’t remember what lead to the cliff-hanger at the end of Wake Up. By contrast to the preceding instalment, Front Page News is all about the drama and how suddenly all the pieces of Nicki’s Winchester jigsaw are finally coming together. Nicki, and rightly so by this point in her investigations, is now highly paranoid of who she can and can’t trust but with Jesse at her side, she decides to step-up her investigations especially into “the thing” that happened in Wake Up and the story suddenly takes on an almost frantic feel to it as Nicki, and us as her devoted readers, desperately race with her towards the finish line in order to see if she manages to bring the “King” to his knees and to find out who, exactly, the mysterious “Blackie” really is.

The story hit a number of high notes for me. The suspense was riveting and hypnotic, the mystery became almost tangible as the story reached its conclusion and when it did, I was left reeling and with a smug sense of satisfaction. Now, whilst the story hit all the high notes with the mystery and suspense it did have a twist to its tail, quite literally, but for me, and I hate to say it, but it felt too staged (I’m sorry Jade). Yes, I wanted the mystery around “the thing” to be resolved and yes it was but the conclusion of the story felt rushed. I missed the warm tingly feeling I always felt around Nicki and her love interests and yet I was still pleased that my many questions were answered. Personally, I thought the ending was going in another direction which is possibly why I was thrown for a loop, again, but still, the story ended on a positive with all of my many questions answered. I would have liked to have read more about the downfall of the “King” but sadly this was glossed over. I would have also liked to have witnessed how other key players were brought down in order to revel in Nicki’s glory but the story jumped ahead in time and ended with the final nail being hammered into the King’s metaphorical coffin and Nicki’s Winchester crown sitting pretty atop her head.

One thing that really confused me was why were there so many Nathan’s in this book (Wright, Carpenter and Jr.!). Can you tell that I’ve become slightly too invested in this series? I have loved spending time with Nicki and I am so sad to see her story end (although I’m sure Jade is glad to see the back of her and all of the blood, sweat and tears she unwittingly set herself up for after creating such an amazing character).

To Jade C Jamison, I say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for giving us Nicki Sosebee. I have loved her and I will miss her and I will be eternally grateful that you saw this series through to its conclusion and for giving Nicki’s fans a very happy finale to what was a fascinating series.


Reverse Harem Books

Wednesday 1 April 2020 No comments

Siobhan Davis

  • Resurrection (The Sainthood - Boys of Lowell High Series #1)
  • Rebellion (The Sainthood - Boys of Lowell High Series #2)
  • Reign (The Sainthood - Boys of Lowell High Series #3)

Penelope Douglas

  • Credence

Auryn Hadley

  • The Kiss of Death (The Demons' Muse Series #1)
  • For Love of Evil (The Demons' Muse Series #2)
  • The Sins of Desire (The Demons' Muse Series #3)
  • The Lure of the Devil (The Demons' Muse Series #4)
  • The Wrath of Angels (The Demons' Muse Series #5)

Tate James

  • Hate (Madison Kate #1)
  • Liar (Madison Kate #2)
  • Fake (Madison Kate #3)
  • Kate (Madison Kate #4)

CM Stunich

  • Havoc at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Series #1)
  • Chaos at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Series #2)
  • Mayhem at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Series #3) 
  • Anarchy at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Series #4)
  • Victory at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys Series #1)

Review: Birthday Girl

Monday 9 March 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has to be right up there with my all-time favourite reads. The story had everything that I hoped for!

This, as seen in the blurb, is another delicious forbidden romance from Penelope Douglas. The sexual relationship between the key protagonists was incredibly slow to develop but it picked up quite a pace once the reins were released. Pike was the perfect partner to complement Jordan and despite her young age and relative innocence, her character was penned in a way that came across as much older than her years.

Despite being her boyfriend's father, Jordan finds herself spending more time with Pike as her Cole distances himself from her and their life together. When she realises that their relationship is over Jordan once again finds herself facing more impossible situations but the ever-reliable Pike is there to offer her support and friendship.

The way the developing relationship between Pike and Jordan was written allowed readers the chance to come to terms with their love affair and although they both resisted it, it was Jordan who came to her senses first and realised that there was nothing that they couldn't overcome if they handled their relationship carefully. Unfortunately for her, Pike found accepting their romantic feelings for one another more difficult and delayed the inevitable talk with his family and it was that delay which brought about the biggest fight of his life.

This was definitely a story to love and it was made even more enjoyable via Audible.

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Review: We Are Us

Friday 6 March 2020 No comments

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another extremely well-written story by Tara Leigh and you could really feel the author’s blood, sweat and tears, from start to finish.

From the first page, I cherished the story of young Poppy and Gavin. The bond they formed through their hardships was incredibly sweet and when that friendship turned to love, their connection felt complete. That is until it was time for them to go to college.

Told in three parts, this story covers Poppy’s childhood, college years and early adult years. The problem with telling books over a number of years is that the storylines tend to jump around a bit, well, it’s either that or the story resembles War and Peace! Whilst the first part of this story was to die for, I loved young Gavin and Poppy, the later stages felt a little sour for my taste, probably due to the unpleasant sequence of events which plays out.

This was romantic suspense which covered a number of sensitive topics and readers will no doubt feel every moment of Poppy’s pain as she grows up. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Poppy though but could appreciate her need to better herself after growing up with nothing. I struggled with how she accepted Tucker back into her life after what happened between them and feeling that she had never really recovered from “that night”, she still allowed him to play a huge part in her early adult years just so she didn't have to do without ever again.

For me, the epilogue seemed a little strange, and whilst I can see the author trying to wrap up Poppy and Gavin’s story, and to give readers more of the sweet that I loved during their younger years, I ended up skimming over most of the ending but, hey, who doesn’t love a second-chance romance!

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Review: Angry God

Thursday 27 February 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was freakin fantastic, in a dark, sadistic and utterly disturbing way!

Boy, can LJ Shen write. Her stories are always entertaining but her words make her stories utterly breathtaking. Nothing seems to phase her, be it a difficult or daunting storyline or just A-holes, as is the case with the Spencer men.

It seems a while now since we endured the pleasures that Vicious bestowed upon us but he certainly created a new monster in his son, Vaughn. Right from the outset, Vaughn is cold, calculating and downright malicious towards his nemesis, Lenora Astalis.

Despite growing up together and being jointly moulded towards their destinies, they are worlds apart when it comes towards relationships. As children, Vaughn bullied Lenora, as adolescents, Lenora turned the table and started biting back. By the time they are at college together the gloves are off and what was once idle resentment towards each other explodes into something far more sinister.

The magic to this story is the secret that is revealed as you read on. Vaughn is has become the man he has for a reason and, for once, that reason is not his father. Despite her love/hate relationship with the idea of Vaughn, Lenora starts to unpeel his many, damaged layers and eventually manages to find the human being that she longed for beneath his abusive demeanour.

The story was dark but it was also sublime. Both characters were 100% endearing despite their cold and calculated ways. The essence of the story was heartbreaking but also rewarding. When you combine these many fascets you have a story that will reward you for your perseverance in a way that no other could.

Via Audible, this story was brought to life in such a way that made the story even more amazing. The narrators did a fantastic job and must be commended for the part they played in making what is a truly exceptional book.


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Sneak Peak of We Are Us by Tara Leigh

Friday 21 February 2020 No comments

We Are Us, an all-new “powerful and beautifully written” love story from Tara Leigh is releasing February 27th, and we have a sneak peek inside this not-to-be-missed novel!


Sounds break through my insulated cocoon of unconsciousness. Harsh sounds. Ugly sounds. Buzzing. Beeping. Humming.
The fingers of my left hand twitch with the impulse to swat at… something. An alarm clock? The television remote? But although my wedding rings slide around my finger, my arm doesn’t move. Almost as if the platinum bands have turned into lead, weighing me down.
Panic whispers at the edge of my mind, though there is no corresponding pulse of adrenaline through my veins, forcing me into action. My limbs are heavy and uncooperative.
Make it stop. Make it stop. Make it stop.
Despite my silent pleas, the unwelcome orchestra continues its assault. Buzz. Beep. Hum.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this awful, this lethargic. Filled with an all-encompassing exhaustion that has seeped into the marrow of my bones.
Survivor’s guilt, apparently. Sleeping the day away is preferable to facing what happened, what I’ve done. The dawn of a new day isn’t a fresh start, a new beginning.
It is a violation. A betrayal.
Make it stop.
Finally, I manage to clutch at my covers, dragging them over my head. Egyptian cotton, a thread count so high it could be spun of silk. Surely it will muffle the noise. 
But something is wrong. The fabric is rough beneath my fingertips. It doesn’t smell of the lavender and verbena packets tucked into the shelves of the linen closet. And there is a sterilized stench to the air I didn’t notice before.
The whisper of panic becomes more of a murmur, then a shout. This isn’t my bed.
The beeping noises pick up, racing now. My breaths quicken, my lungs throbbing from the sharp bite of bleach with each shallow inhale.
Hospital. I am in a hospital. The buzzing and beeping and humming. Those are machines.
What happened? Think, think.
My mind is frustratingly blank even as my skin prickles with memories of another time. Another confused awakening. Another frantic search for memories. Did he… No. He wouldn’t dare. Not again. Not ever again.

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Review: Dominik

Thursday 20 February 2020 No comments

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another quick but no less enjoyable story in the Arizona Vengeance series.

After Tacker's story, which I had been desperate to read, I wasn't sure if another story would hold my interest but after being teased about Dominik and Willow's interactions, I knew reading on was not an option!

Willow was a really intriguing character especially as she appears to be the only woman to be not interested in Dominik or his good looks, wealth, success and charismatic ways. Willow's reticence to have anything other than the odd one night stand with Dominik perplexes him and the more Willow ignores him, the more he chases after her.

Being a photojournalist and travelling to some of the most dangerous places on earth, Willow lives her life on a knife-edge but when she returns home to the US, she agrees to meet up with Dominik again. However, Willow has one thing on her mind and that's the opposite of what Dominik wants from her.

With Willow back on home soil, Dominik knows this is his only chance to win her over but when he finds out she has been badly burned in a relationship before he accepts that in order to make her fall for him he must take his time. That is until he doesn't!

I really enjoyed Willow and Dominik's connection and I must admit to being a sucker for Dominik all through this series. I became slightly irritated when Dominik's willingness to take his time with Willow did an about-turn but even then, with emotion and passion driving him forward and in the heat of the moment, he does the opposite of his intentions but in such a sweet way. Fortunately, Willow finds herself in a situation which makes her re-evaluate her life and Dominik is able to fly in to save the day.

This is the first story in this series that I've listened to via Audible and whilst the experience was enjoyable, I think I prefer reading these stories at my own pace. The narrators, whilst clearly experienced, seemed to rush through their words and were almost gabbling at times. Even slowing down the talking speed didn't help, sadly.

I am so pleased to see that there is yet another book planned in this amazing series as I am in no way ready to be done with the Arizona Vengeance.


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Currently Reading: Dominik

Wednesday 19 February 2020 No comments
Dominik Dominik by Sawyer Bennett



"I just need you to know what we have between us is beautiful, and it’s more than I’d ever dreamed of having in my life.”

He's the alpha billionaire who owns the Arizona Vengeance.
She's the relationship averse sister of one of his star players.

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Currently Reading: The Will

The Will The Will by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-read for the third time because once and twice is simply not enough!!!

Kristen Ashley's books can only be rated on a scale of 5-10!!! ❤️

Ahhhh, Grandma's letter gets me everytime!!!

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Cover Reveal - Sunrise over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin

Monday 17 February 2020 No comments

How gorgeous is the beautiful cover for the new book by @HollyMAuthor Sunrise over Sapphire Bay. It's out on April 24th but you can preorder your copy now
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Review: Secretly Hers

Tuesday 11 February 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Trip, you just melted my heart!

I loved this story so much, despite the pain and suffering. Kelsey and Trip were fantastic characters and they were set up perfectly in the first instalment so much so that I was almost salivating waiting to read their story.

Trip is your typical larger-than-life-ladies-man and Kelsey is a hopeless romantic, always looking for love and desperately wanting to settle down, get married and have babies. With the duo poles apart with their outlook on life, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they could never get together but you know what they say about opposites attract!

Despite Trip's womanising ways, he has a soft spot for Kelsey and does his best to ensure that she doesn't get hurt, despite promising her nothing more than a casual relationship until she finds Mr Right.

As time goes by and their sexual relationship moves on, the two become closer but only Kelsey is aware that her fondness for Trip is turning into love. Trip on the other hand, apart from being exclusive with Kelsey, has no idea that his heart has become irrevocably joined to Kelsey's until they break apart and the separation is incredibly emotional.

We finally get to find out a little more about Trip's background and why he is reluctant to talk about his family in this story and when his brother comes to town, sparks really start to fly.

Once again, this was a really enjoyable story to listen to. It was lighthearted, despite the pain that Kelsey and Trip suffered, and nicely set the scene for Emma's story.


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Review: Accidentally Hers

Friday 7 February 2020 No comments

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What's not to love with this story. There's snow, romance, drama, and heartbreak!

Another KU & Free to Listen To book series and having read one of the author's books before I knew this would be another hit with me.

These stories are easy to listen to, have fun characters to be around, exciting storylines with lots of drama and angst, if that's what rocks your boat. For me, I can do without angst and some of this story was drawn out because of it but add it to the rest of the package and this could be overlooked.

This story is about physical therapist Avery Randall and Grey Lowell. When the two see each other across a bar and Grey coins the name "Bambi" for Avery, I guess all bets were off about their possible relationship but with Avery's friend Kelsey clearly having designs on Grey following a drunken kiss, Avery knows that she must deter the attraction she felt for Grey. Assuming that she will not see Grey again and with any hopes of a date with the man clearly on the back burner, her life is turned upside down when Grey is knocked off his bike after leaving the bar and is injured by none other than Avery's brother, Andy.

With Grey the best and only PT in town at that time, she finds herself in a dilemma. Does she treat the man who has a claim against her brother? That's ignoring the fact that they are clearly attracted to each other!

Inevitably, Avery finds herself in an impossible situation as she falls for Grey. Between hurting her brother, family and her friend, Avery is torn between wanting to explore what she has with Grey and not alienating her family. Add to the mix that Grey could take her home in order to cover his costs following the accident and with Andy's possible prison sentence, it's a miracle Avery doesn't have a breakdown.

What makes it harder to see through this nightmare is that Andy is a really nice guy and seeing the effect of his getting drunk and knocking Grey off his bike is heartbreaking to witness but with Grey unable to work and run his ski-expedition company Backtrax, Andy knows that he is facing long term troubles which will not only affect him but Avery as well.

As expected, when Avery and Grey's relationship becomes known, Avery finds herself in an even bigger dilemma as she decides who to side with: her family or the man she loves and hopes to have a future with.

As you can see, this is drama-ville with problems on top of problems for poor Avery and Grey but will they find a way to resolve all of their differences without one losing everything they have worked hard for?

Despite the tension throughout the story, this was a really enjoyable read. The pace was about right and the story captivating, if slightly exhausting at times. Talk about a hard-fought-for HEA! Next up is the enigmatic Trips, story and his fight to find love, with Kelsey of all people.


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Review: Silent Vows

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite my rather hesitant approach to book 1, I found myself quite enjoying book 2 and Myra and Todd's story.

With witch Grainna still determined to break the curse placed on her by the ancient druids and in need of a virgin in order to regain her youth etc, the MacCoinnich's know that they must keep Myra safe. With only one option open to her, the family prepare Myra to travel to the present day with instructions to meet up with Tara's sister and nephew. With a plan to fake amnesia, Myra is questioned by the police following her mysterious appearance and that's when Officer Todd Blakely's life steps into preternatural realms as he becomes close to Myra and finds a need to protect her.

Todd and Myra soon fall for each other and with love comes trust and slowly Myra reveals her story to Todd. Todd, understandably, finds Myra' story impossible to believe but as he continues to investigate the disappearance of Tara and Gwen (as she is known in the present day), he comes to realise that Myra's story is true, if still unbelievable.

When Myra returns home Todd is devastated but her return is not the end of the story or their romance. With Grainna still on a mission to return to Rennaisance Scotland, Todd finds himself once again fighting to protect Myra and her family and this fight takes him to Scotland and once again into the arms of Myra.

I have come to love the characters in this series and I will definitely be reading on further in order to see what happens to the playboy brother, Finlay, and his explosive connection with Tara's sister, Lizzie.


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Review: Binding Vows

Friday 31 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say, time-travelling Scottish druids who have come from the 16th century to meet present-day druid virgins was a bit too close to my limit with a book theme but I actually did enjoy the story and the characters.

As always, the story was very well written. It was a bit too close to insta-love but if you remember the pull of the druid magic then you can almost believe it possible.

The story started off almost comical with Cassy and Tara bumbling their way through a renaissance faire but when the gypsy Gwen correctly determines Tara to be a virgin, Tara and Cassy find themselves at the forefront of the celebrations. Tara, becoming increasingly unhappy with the amount of unwanted attention from the men looking to deflower her, finds herself hiding from the festivities and that's when Duncan finds her.

Duncan is challenged with making sure Gwen or Grainna is unable to lift her curse through Tara but in trying to stay ahead of the witch/gypsy, he finds himself hand-bound/married to Tara which means she must return to his home in 16th Century Scotland with him.

Once in Scotland Tara is devastated to find out she will not return home or see her friends and family again but with time, she finds herself beginning to fall for Duncan and his family.

As expected, the drama doesn't end with Tara's arrival in Scotland as Gwen/Grainna sets about tracking Tara down once again and Tara turns to the druids for help.

As I said, this is a bit far-fetched but it is a nice story with a little bit of humour, some drama and a healthy dose of romance.


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Review: Feather

Wednesday 29 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I'm not a fan of books about angels but knowing how much I enjoy Olivia Wildenstein's works I was prepared to give it a go.

Firstly, as I said, angels are not my thing so the title initially put me off. Then, readers are presented with a long list of angelic terminology and french translations which was slightly concerning. I imagined having the flick back and forth to understand what was going on in the storyline but that wasn't the case, apart from some the of angel terminology, which I needed to revisit on the odd occasion.

As soon as I started reading the story I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised and found that I became quickly engrossed. The direction the story was taking was fascinating and the blend of earth and Elysium and how both sides overlapped was intriguing.

The character Leigh (don't get me started on how to pronounce her name) was likeable and her desire to earn enough feathers to ascend to Elysium seemed to be the main crux to the story. When she is challenged to convert a triple (a sinner worth 100 feathers), Jarod Adler, her innocent way of life is corrupted by his beguiling ways and they find themselves instantly attracted to each other (perhaps too instantly for some to believe). Jarod is a mafia boss and yet Leigh decides to try to persuade him to right some wrongs in order for her to complete her task and to earn her remaining feathers. Jarod is not an easy man to change though and whilst spending time together, Leigh starts to realise that Jarod may be hiding more than his dark business dealings.

I enjoyed Jarod and Leigh's story on earth but when it became a bit too much Romeo & Juliet-y I started to lose interest (I know, but I rarely read the blurb about a book before reading it!). I can't put my finger on when my interest with the story started to wane but the ending pretty much left me confused and disappointed. When Leigh reached Elysium it was a brief affair and I thought Asher would play a bigger part than he did at the start of the book. I naively envisioned a love triangle but that never transpired.

The story left me questioning what exactly had just happened and wondering if I paid enough attention whilst reading it. That said, I don't feel the need to re-read it at this point. It has left me intrigued whether the next instalment will answer some of the questions Feather has left me with but that seems to be Celeste's story. I will no doubt read on though, even if just to recover my equilibrium.

Whilst this story was once again very well written, it hasn't left me with a thirst for more feathers!


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Review: Say It Again

Tuesday 28 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just what the conclusion to this amazing series needed not one, not two but three kick-ass women!

I didn't think Sasha could meet her match but when she returns to the school where she was trained and moulded she comes across another orphan, Claire, who is as bright and strong as she is, and only 18.

Sasha, bored of her drama-free life, heads to Richter to find answers and a new direction but what she stumbles across finds her wanting to help the students there avoid the trappings of their destinies. When Sasha is approached by AJ Hofmann in a bar she presumes he is just hitting on her until she realises he is the brother of her old and now dead classmate, Amelia Hofmann. Seeking answers to why Amelia was killed, AJ asks Sasha for her help and before long they are investigating numerous deaths and one missing person.

Knowing that she can't investigate Amelia from inside the secure fortress that is Richter, Sasha asks Reed for his assistance and before long the whole security team is involved. AJ is stunned to find himself being flown around the world on private jets and staying at luxury mansions but he soon comes to realise that Sasha and her friends wield a lot of financial power.

This story takes readers across Europe and back to the US as Sasha tries to reveal just who is recruiting the students from Richter. With AJ at her side though, she finds herself becoming too comfortable with having a man supporting her emotionally and the tough egg starts to crack as her outer shell starts to weaken thanks to the attention AJ bestows upon her. AJ is the perfect man for Sasha. I really had no idea who would be able to tame her wild and independent ways but AJ knows just how to handle her emotionally and physically.

I really enjoyed the sexual tension between Cooper and Claire and would love to see how their working relationship pans out. Olivia was also a force of nature and a real challenge to Sasha's skills. Poor Lars experienced her strength first hand with a really funny but brief scene and show of dominance.

I'm sorry to see this series end and I can't wait to dive into new stories from this author. That said, I'm sure there could be more First Wives stories yet to be written and I'd love to read Claire and Olivia's stories!!!


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Review: Savaged

Friday 24 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wonder how many readers said "I didn't see that coming" a time or two whilst reading, or listening, to this book.

As expected, this is another hit from for Mia Sheridan. The story had layers upon layers with so much heartbreak and emotion for the children who were so cruelly exploited, especially Jack.

The story is told in two parts, firstly that of the child Jack, who struggles to survive in horrific conditions in the wild and secondly, the story is between Lucas and Harper Ward who's paths become intertwined when Lucas is brought into the police station for questioning following the death of his neighbour.

Lucas has always lived off the grid, never even venturing into town, but with the death of his neighbour, life as he knows it is about to change. When Harper is brought in to help the Agent tasked with investigating two mysterious cross-bow deaths in the town she comes across the enigmatic stranger, Lucas. Knowing practically every part of the land that surrounds the town, Harper assists the police to find their way around the crime location and that leads her to Lucas' door with questions pertaining to his neighbour but also to him, his life and how he will live now he is unable to trade with his deceased neighbour.

Harper survived the death of her parents in a crash and became a wilderness guide, partly in the hope that one day she will stumble across her parents and their car which was never found after the accident. The mystery and suspense in this story begins to unravel with Harper and Lucas' interaction but I didn't expect just how closely aligned their lives from childhood would be. When Harper starts to understand just how Lucas has lived and what he has endured, she decides to help him especially when he unexpectedly gives her the answer to her prayers.

This story was epic. It was such an emotional roller-coaster and packed in so many twists and turns that really did keep me guessing right up until the stories conclusion. Jack was a wonderful character who was perfectly portrayed on Audible and Harper was the perfect person to complement his sensitivities. Parts of this story resembled the Hunger Games but only in so much as seeing children fighting to survive a situation which was not of their making. What happened to them was cruel and unforgivable but to see Jack become the man he did was incredibly rewarding.

This was a standalone story and definitely one that I will revisit a time or two.

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Anniversary Boxed Set Just 99 Pennies

Wednesday 22 January 2020 No comments

Anniversary Boxed Set to celebrate Sawyer Bennett’s
seven-year publishing anniversary

This boxed set features SEVEN books
for just 99 pennies!!!

Celebrate SEVEN years of publishing with this Sawyer Bennett Anniversary Boxed Set! Known for her hot heroes, strong heroines, and ability to capture the hearts of her readers no matter the trope, Sawyer Bennett is offering this boxed set featuring seven of the titles that have made her one of the bestselling authors in romance. This boxed set includes the following titles:

Off Sides – He’s the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman. She’s struggling to make her own way, working two jobs and attending college part-time. Off Sides is an opposites attract, new adult standalone.

On the Rocks – He’s a former professional surfer who has returned home to open The Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Outer Banks. She drunkenly threw herself at him five years ago, but as his little sister’s best friend, he knew he couldn’t go there. On the Rocks is a second chance, friends-to-lovers, standalone contemporary romance.

Legal Affairs – Two days ago they had a torrid one-night stand. Today he’s her new boss. Legal Affairs is a workplace standalone contemporary romance.

Wicked Fall – He’s the hot-as-hell, millionaire who owns The Wicked Horse. She foolishly offered up her virginity to him years ago, only to be turned down flat. Wicked Fall is a HOT, second chance, standalone contemporary romance.

Code Name: Genesis – Years ago they were in love, but a string of lies and deceit destroyed what they had. Now she’s a superstar with a dangerous stalker, and he owns a nationally renowned protective services company. Code Name: Genesis is a second chance, romantic suspense standalone.

Uncivilized – Savage man, loner, warrior…he has lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest since he was a child. She is an anthropologist hired to help him transition back into modern society. Uncivilized is a modern Tarzan style contemporary romance standalone.

The Hard Truth About Sunshine – Four people with nothing in common but their destination, driving across the country to fulfill the wishes of a dying teenager, while trying to determine where they fit in. The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a gripping and poignant general fiction standalone.

Review: Headstrong Like Us

Tuesday 21 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Marrow, my heart just melts for these two men.

The instalment continues with somewhat of a culmination of Maximoff and Farrow's story with their wedding getting ever closer. With Jane continuing as their wedding planner, and with the nightmare that was Scotland behind them, it's time to breathe in and enjoy the day and hope and pray that Grandmother Calloway doesn't create a storm.

This book had a slow and steady feel to, unlike its predecessors, and there were more fun times than tension but it does enable readers to spend more time with the youngest members of the family which was nice. I guess the wedding was the best way of bringing everyone together for readers. That said, Maximoff and Farrow's pre-wedding preparations face an interesting and unexpected hurdle with a couple of cute additions and this just made the whole book so much sweeter.

I did find myself struggling with Maximoff's character at times in this instalment. For someone who holds the younger members of the family together and seen as the father figure of the famous offspring, I still felt that Maximoff was very immature at times and his vulnerability, which was previously adorable, started to slightly irritate me. Farrow is definitely still very much the glue which holds Maximoff together despite their battles for supremacy. As much as I love this duo, I did find their sexual encounters overly done and too repetitive on this occasion. I just didn't feel the love in every scene and found myself skipping over some parts. I also felt the writing was a little less seamless at times and unlike before, I felt changes in the writing styles and content.

descriptionSully is probably still my favourite female character and she even became a kick-ass heroine at one point, I can't wait for her story. We were also given a hint at what Oscar and Jack will be facing in the future and boy does their journey look rocky.

This book is definitely hit some high notes for me and this was made all the better for the audible narration. It's pure listening bliss on your ears!

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Review: Credence

Monday 20 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That had to be the fastest I've ever read a book, I simply couldn't put it down. Right from the first page, having not read the synopsis (it's not something I do), I knew this story was going to be something special and boy was it.

The characters didn't just talk to me in this book, they screamed out their story. Yes, it's a forbidden romance and yes, my sensibilities were screaming that this is just wrong, but somehow, all the wrongs just made one huge right!

From start to finish I was captivated and wondering just how the story was going to play out. With a 17-year-old who had recently lost her parents moving to her step-uncle's house to live with him and his 2 sons in the mountains which became totally cut off during the winter, you couldn't help but wonder just what would play out in those dark, cold, lonely days but jeez, I didn't see that coming.

But despite the erotic nature of this book, there were also some serious and moving messages. Tiernan may have taken an unusual route to understand her upbringing but when she got there it was a really poignant moment. Kaleb's story was also incredibly emotional and you just wanted to reach out and hug him, despite him being an ass for most of the story. Noah seemed to be the only unaffected person in the story but that also left him lonely and looking for something more. Jake, ahem, the "uncle" was a bit trickier to understand but he too found solace from his time with Tiernan, in a bit of an unusual fashion.

The story was extremely erotic at times and as I said emotional at others. You almost felt like you were climbing a mountain without ropes and safety gear and when you reached the top, you had no option but to freefall towards the story's conclusion all the whilst hoping that Tiernan and everyone else found happiness from their past, future and present selves.

This will be definitely a book to read again, in part to savour the complexity of the characters more slowly but also to treat myself once again to an extremely well thought out and written book.

This will be hard to beat as a top book of 2020 and it's only January. The pressure is on authors!!!

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Review: Faking Forever

Wednesday 15 January 2020 No comments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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